SEP Part 12: Industrial Workers’ Housing in Salford


Salford_workers_housing_1850Workers’ housing in Salford in 1850

Thousands of workers’ houses were built to accommodate the city’s working population in the 19th century. The poor quality of those houses and their over-crowded conditions made Salford notorious for its slums.

The types of housing that existed during this period included double-depth terraces, some of which had yards and outshuts to their rear, and smaller back-to-back houses. These were often only a single room wide and deep, with windows limited to the front walls. Many houses were arranged around small alleyways and blind courtyards. The cellars of many properties were also inhabited, providing the cheapest form of accommodation.

King St houses 1 Early 19th century housing recorded on King Street, Salford, in 1986.

The slum clearance of the late 19th century and redevelopment during the 20th century means that there are no surviving examples of these industrial workers’ housing left in Salford. Amongst the last were houses…

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