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Photos Of Leeds Slums 1969-72

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From 1969 to 1972, photographer Nick Hedges took pictures of life in Leeds, England. Nick was hired by housing charity Shelter to travel round England and Scotland documenting the lives of families living in slum and squalor. Not all places were depressing, or bad at all. Leeds appears a far brighter place than GlasgowNewcastle and Salford,

Is this you or someone you know in these pictures? If it is, we’d love to hear from you:

 

Advertising sign on Leeds back to back housing Cross Oswald St 1970

Advertising sign on Leeds back to back housing Cross Oswald St 1970

Alleyway, Leeds back to back housing, 1970

Alleyway, Leeds back to back housing, 1970

Child skipping in a street of back to back houses, Leeds 1970

Child skipping in a street of back to back houses, Leeds 1970

Child skipping in a street of back to backs Leeds 1970

Child skipping in a street of back to backs Leeds 1970

Crossing wasteland from back to back housing towards railway line, Leeds 1970

Crossing wasteland from back to back housing towards railway line, Leeds 1970

Elderly lady standing at her street corner, back to back housing Leeds 1970

Elderly lady standing at her street corner, back to back housing Leeds 1970

Leeds back to back housing 1970

Leeds back to back housing 1970

Leeds back to backs 1970

Leeds back to backs 1970

Living room and kitchen Leeds back to back housing 1970

Living room and kitchen Leeds back to back housing 1970

Resident of back to back housing Leeds 2970 224-18

Street sign Leeds 1970

Street sign Leeds 1970

Washing hanging out to dry across back to back housing street, Leeds 1970

Washing hanging out to dry across back to back housing street, Leeds 1970

 

We’ve pages dedicated to each city Nick visited: Glasgow, Liverpool (Volume 1 and Volume 2), Newcastle, London, Sheffield, Manchester, Birmingham (Volume 1 and Volume 2), Salford, Leeds, Whitechapel (London) and Bradford.

 

  • Dave Witt

    which middle class twat is calling these streets slums, obviously some over privileged tosser who doesn’t know a good working class community from a stick of Blackpool rock, I grew up in these kind of streets in Harehills, best days of my life, happy times, caring community and great people, keep you’re superior opinions to yourself, twat

    • Colin Finch

      Ha, I just said the exact same thing. Silver spooned twats.