Salford Slum

Click on the sound file below to hear a clip from an interview that Micheal Goodger did with a resident who lived in Salford prior to the demolishing of terraced houses. Around 1967 Goodger visited several residents, interviewed, filmed and photographed them and their living conditions for his film The Changing Face of Salford.

I picked this short clip from the interview because the resident was quite emphatic calling Salford a slum now and a palace in the past. Was he just nostalgic? Goodger’s photographs show a lot of derelict houses but also some very well maintained ones. This suggests that some terraces were indeed falling apart but does that make Salford a slum?

Michael Goodger, House with Garden, October 1970. Source: NW Film Archives, Michael Goodger Collection
Michael Goodger, James Henry Street Ordsall 5 Sept 1970. Source: NW Film Archives, Michael Goodger Collection

Unfortunately, Goodger’s photograph only state ‘House with Garden’ and ‘James Henry Street’. Does anyone remember where these houses were? Also, why would Gordon call Salford as a whole a slum when his neighbours would be adamant that it was not a slum? What is your opinion about the word ‘slum’ to describe Salford at that time?


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