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At the beginning of the 20th century, although overcrowding levels in Leicester were low compared to other urban areas in the country, there were areas which were described by Councillor Hallam, writing in 1926, as having 'mean and overcrowded houses in narrow, gloomy streets, discouraging every attempt at a decent mode of living'. He also mentioned the difficulty people had finding housing which they could afford.

Hear a man describe the 'slum' house he grew up in

Hear a couple describe the 'slum' housing they lived in as a family

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Estate and Park

Braunstone Village


Further Reading


Slum Housing Lower Grove St Mansfield St



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Slum Housing Lower Grove St Mansfield St