Category Archives: tower blocks

“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 … Continue reading

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Maps, tower blocks, and tower block maps

I mentioned the other day about the fun you can have tracing old features like canals onto modern maps. The vice versa is true as well of course, and I’ve been playing with some olde maps of Stourbridge to demonstrate. Although … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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“To enter modern slums”

I came across a quote this morning, cited in Lindsey Hanley’s Estates:  A tenant of Ronan Point who was offered temporary accommodation in the home of a neighbour after the explosion told the BBC:”I wouldn’t live there rent-free”. In his book, … Continue reading

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Heath Town Estate, take 2

After my post last week, I was kindly sent the details of the forthcoming regeneration of the Heath Town Estate. There’s a mixture of ideas here, the most notable of which would be taking out the extensive walkway system to … Continue reading

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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: … Continue reading

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