SJ9302 : Post war council housing on Underhill Estate

taken 11 years ago, near to Bushbury, Wolverhampton, Great Britain

Post war council housing on Underhill Estate
Post war council housing on Underhill Estate
The George VI postbox on Underhill Lane is contemporary with the housing. A large proportion of this housing has transferred into private ownership under 'right to buy'. The housing on the right hand side of the road was built in the late 1940s and is some of the earliest post-war housing in the town. The housing on the left dates from a few years later.
Council Housing in Wolverhampton - 1950s
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.
Council Housing in Wolverhampton - 1940s :: SJ9102
Housing in Wolverhampton was largely unaffected by bomb damage during the war. The immediate post war period saw the building of 400 prefab bungalows with a design life of ten years. Innovative steel framed properties were also tried in an attempt to speed up construction. The main developments were on the Bushbury and East Park Estates.

Prefab bungalows were also used in neighbouring Bilston, Wednesfield and Tettenhall.

The first houses on the Underhill Estate were built in the late 1940s.
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SJ9302, 68 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Saturday, 3 February, 2007   (more nearby)
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Saturday, 3 February, 2007
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Housing > Housing estate   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 934 026 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:37.2891N 2:5.8647W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 934 026
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