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TYNESIDE CASE STUDY
Byker Ward Inner city area just to the east of the centre.
In the 1960's, housing in Byker was small terraced houses (late 19th and early 20th centuries).
Built for people who worked in the port, shipbuilding and engineering industries.
Housing had poor amenities and in the 1960's had fallen into a state of repair.
Little open space.
Then a dramatic new housing scheme was designed to re-house many of the people in the
area. Some were moved out from the inner-city area to new council estates on the edge of
Most obvious part of the development is the high-rise Byker Wall, but the wall shelters many
low-rise housing areas.
The scheme was providing sound housing to comparatively poor people for over 30 years.
Many of the original inhabitants were able to afford their own house so they moved out and
were replaced by other people in need of housing.
This has meant second-generation migrants moving in and even asylum seekers, but the core
is still White Newcastle people.
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Jesmond Ward: Housing in suburban area
Jesmond ward was built to house the owners and managers of factories and commercial
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The richer people were able to build large family houses, with space for several servants,
often overlooking the Town Moor.
The lower middle classes had smaller houses, or Tyneside flats which were terraces with
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A number of estates of large private houses have been built on the edge of the village,
housing commuters and retired people.…read more