“Slums” of the Black Country

We've come to the end of this series on some of the distinct areas of the Black Country that found themselves with a special stigma in the nineteenth century. Based on the Birmingham Daily Post's 1866 series on the sanitary condition I've had a look around some of the broader issues of housing, sanitation, labour, demography and democracy …

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Chapel Street Estate

I have a tendency to dither a bit when I set out on some research. I blame my social science background. This time of year has the tendency to distract one from concentrating on a proper project as well, so I thought I'd play around with some maps - it's my normal response to anything. …

Data

I finally finished off collating data on all the tower blocks in the Black Country. I recognise that it makes me weird, but it was great fun playing with a spreadsheet. I now have mappable data of all these buildings: 276 blocks containing 17428 dwellings, housing how many people? My next question: Who lived in …