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Growing up in Leeds, Past and Present
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1960s Housing in Leeds

A window onto family terraced housing in the city in 1968.

You can see how people were living at the time including outside toilets and their improved living conditions after they were moved to the new ‘Leek Street Flats’ and the streets in the sky.

To solve the housing problems in the city plans were made to create new blocks of flats that would house lots of different families. They had hot water and private bathrooms with space for neighbours to interact and children to play.

The film shows how the flats are created with pre-fab supplies and the finished product is proudly shown off at the Hunslet Grange Leek Street site.   

Note: A subtitled version of this film is available on YouTube.