Blackstock Road

Gleadless Valley underwent development in 1955 after Sheffield City Council purchased the land off of a local farmer by compulsory purchase order. Due to the diverse terrain in the area the city architect resorted to incredibly diverse range of styles, from maisonettes of various designs to three storey patio houses.

It was home to many working class families and in the 1970s and 80s but the international competition for the iron and steel industries caused a decline in business coinciding with the collapse of coal mining in the area. This unfortunately left thousands of people jobless.

Through visually unearthing the areas of history, I have explored the context of housing and the affect its location has had on its future. This has enabled me to focus on social class and identity as constructs of the community; resulting in crime and disorder among the suburban space.

This concept migrates to social representations of people in the area, concerning the distortion of general characteristics of those among the population. This work consequently concentrates on how these assumptions of society do not reflect the true reality of the area and its community.