Clearance of the Victorian houses and back-to-backs
In the late 1950s, 1960s and on into the 1970s, the council replaced a lot of the old Victorian houses and back-to-back housing stock. Some buildings had been damaged in the war anyway, but others were just badly showing their age.
Roy and Trudy Ashton had to leave their home on Monmouth Street once it was scheduled for demolition.
Mary Roberts lived in a house on Collegiate Crescent which was not affected, but she clearly remembers these changes to the neighbourhood, which she feels partly contributed to a significant improvement in the area. Listen to her talking in the clip below.