Slum clearance sparked social mobility
84 years ago this week, Ubridge Urban District Council began the biggest regeneration of the town in more than a century.
In the early years of the 19th century the town had grown rapidly and row upon row of cottages had sprung up.
But 100 years on, the cramped and dilapidated cottages were deemed unfit for human habitation and a huge slum clearance programme was embarked upon, giving the poorer families in the area an opportunity to raise their living standards, including better health and education.
These amazing photographs are from the Mirrorpix archives and show the state of the slums in 1932.
In October that year Uxbridge Urban District Council condemned the squalid properties and on December 9 1932, the slum clearance began.
Roads affected included Bakers Yard, Nash Yard, Bell Yard and York Road.
The families living in these properties were relocated to a new estate off Glebe Road, before a wholesale demolition of the slums got underway.
A NEW LIFE: Removal men unload a van of meagre possessions as residents moved to the new estate off Glebe Road, Austin Way on December 9 1932.
ABSOLUTE POVERTY: Clearing the slums offered Uxbridge’s poor families an opportunity to raise their living standards, including better health and education.
HOW THEY USED TO LIVE: (Above and below) Inhabitants of Uxbridge’s Bakers Yard, Nash’s Yard, Bell Yard and York Road were moved out of squalid conditions.