Brierley Hill Part IIII26.03.2012
These flats are two of the eight that tower above the Brierley Hill, Chapel Street estate. Hundreds of terraced houses were originally built on the site of Chapel Street during the 19th century, housing the many industrial workers who were being employed at new factories. But by the end of the Second World War, many of these houses were unfit for human habition and plans were soon being made for their demolition.
By the end of the 1960s, all of the old houses in the area had been demolished and replaced by a new housing estate that consisted entirely of council flats. There were eight tower blocks and approximately 15 smaller blocks that were between three and six storeys high. The estate was soon regarded as one of the best council estates in the Metropolitan Borough of Dudley (which had absorbed Brierley Hill in 1966).
However, the estate has deteriorated considerably in recent years, and is now one of the most crime-plagued parts of the Dudley borough. Drug-fuelled crime is a serious problem, and in recent years many of the flats have been occupied by Asian and Eastern European asylum seekers.
Brierley Hill Part II26.03.2012
Just one the many pubs that have closed in recent times. There are several pubs in Brierley Hill that are currently boarded up and closed for business, no doubt soon to bee corner shops and takeaway restaurants.
And of course the bill stickers have arrived, Zippo’s Circus are quite the advertiser.
Brierley Hill Part I26.03.2012
Brierley Hill is a town and electoral ward of the Metropolitan Borough of Dudley, West Midlands, England. It is one of the larger Black Country towns with a population of 9,631 and is heavily industrialised, best known for glass and steel manufacturing, although the industry has declined considerably since the 1970s. One of the largest factories in the area was the Round Oak Steelworks which closed down and redeveloped to become the Merry Hill Shopping Centre. Brierley Hill was originally in Staffordshire, but was transferred to the West Midlands metropolitan county upon its creation in 1974.