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Wolverhampton into the Seventies
Bricks and mortar makes way for concrete and reinforced steel as Wolverhampton sweeps the past aside in a modernist town planning utopia.
Documentary 1970 20 mins
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Houses and Georgian and Victorian shops give way to flats as Wolverhampton prepares for the modern age: the 1970s. Two new shopping centres, tower block living and a ring-road that cuts through large areas of the old town are the result. Progress perhaps but a nightmare for the sentimentalist or Victorian enthusiast.
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Current affairs 1978 9 mins Location: West Bromwich
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