A History of Council Housing in Wolverhampton

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The 1950s - Slum clearance and overspill housing

SJ9300 : Council Housing - Princess Court by John M SJ9300 : Council Housing - Queens Court by John M Newlands
SJ9203 : Council Housing - Wentworth Road by John M SJ9302 : Council Housing - Pope Road by John M SJ9302 : Council Housing - Westcroft Avenue by John M Underhill
SJ9401 : Council Housing - Long Knowle Estate by John M SJ9401 : Council Housing - Guest  Avenue by John M SJ9401 : Council Housing - Bealey's Avenue by John M Long Knowle, Wednesfield
SJ9501 : Council Housing - Griffiths Drive by John M SJ9501 : Council Housing - Griffiths Drive by John M Ashmore Park, Wednesfield
SJ9601 : Council Housing - Castlebridge Estate by John M SJ9500 : Council Housing - Castlebridge Estate by John M SJ9600 : Council Housing - Merrick Road by John M Churchbridge, Wednesfield
SO8896 : Council Housing - Warstones Gardens by John M SO8896 : Council Housing - Warstones Drive by John M SO8896 : Council Housing - North Green by John M SO8896 : Council Housing - Claverley Drive by John M Warstones
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Council Housing in Wolverhampton - 1950s by John M
The council housing programme of the 1950s was driven by slum clearance of the areas close to the town centre.



Despite some misgivings with regard to the social effects Wolverhampton Council adopted the policy of building flats. The first blocks of flats were built on the Newbolds Estate in 1950 followed by more blocks at Merridale in 1954. The largest collection occurs on the Long Knowle Estate built in 1955-6. The Graiseley Estate (Dale Street)saw the first deck access flats built in the borough with two eight storey blocks, since demolished.



The early 1950s saw a change in housing policy with overspill estates developed by Wolverhampton Council outside the borough boundaries in Wednesfield UDC (Long Knowle and Ashmore Park) and Seisdon RDC (Wombourne).



Further developments continued within the borough boundaries at Deans Road (next to Old Heath Estate), Underhill (next to The Scotlands Estate)and Warstones.



SJ9302 : Council Housing - Pope Road by John M


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