Forgotten estate named ‘worst slum in Britain’ with houses full of rats
Life on a forgotten slum estate in Manchester has been revealed in a series of historic images.
Brits lived in squalid conditions on the estate until as late as the mid-70s, with the stills taken from ITN news reports shot in the Spring and Summer of 1974 in Lower Broughton, Salford.
Seven years after the council had made a compulsory purchase order on 1,600 houses in 1967, people still lived in horrific conditions on the site.
A planned demolition was deferred and despite over £280,000 being spent on repairs in the interim, the homes were still in the most “dreadful state”, reported the Manchester Evening News.
Residents were forced to endure rats, rising damp, leaking rooves, peeling walls and floors with large holes, while the area outside the homes themselves resembled a huge slum with crumbling buildings, heaps of rubbish, and blocked drains.
Described in one of the news reports as “the worst slums in Britain” here are some of the most shocking images taken from the ITN news footage.
Children played together in the dense streets (Image: ITN/Getty images)
The shocking footage showed collapsed buildings and filthy streets (Image: ITN/Getty Images)
Children would play among the collapsed wood from houses that were crumbling at the seams (Image: ITN/Getty Images)
Houses were collapsing around them despite over £280,000 of investment to try and support the estate (Image: ITN/Getty Images)
Annie Skear, 71, told reporters her house was infested with rats (Image: ITN/Getty Images)
Signatures were collected to send to the Prime Minister to demand an inquiry (Image: ITN/Getty Images)
Despite a demolition being scheduled, it was delayed for years (Image: ITN/Getty Images)
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