Lethbridge Estate: The Days Before Demolition

by Tobias

Built in the late 1960s, the Lethbridge estate was yet another utopian vision of municipal housing from this era. In the late 80's & 90's the estate rapidly declined as it's original residents moved out and more 'problem' families moved in. The estate was poorly maintained and in February 2018 it was decided that the whole estate was "structurally unsafe" in the event of a gas explosion. Could this be an excuse to relocate the residents, so that they can re-develop this huge area of expensive land? The residents were forced to quickly move out leaving behind many of their belongings, soon the estate became overgrown and desolate, creating an abandoned playground for my friends and I. The black & white image taken in 1972 shows the estate in its heyday with children playing on climbing apparatus and a communal atmosphere.