Sharing storeys

blockcapitallogo50_cropThe memories of people who have lived in, worked on, or managed multi-storey tower blocks in the Black Country are recorded here… and we are continuing to add to this page .
If you’d like to record you own experiences, please email us here, or phone 01902 552046.

Brendan Hawthorne
Brendan talks about the time he spent growing up in Bolton Court flats in Tipton.  Recorded in May 2014 by Pat Rodwell. Photo by Lynn Hawthorne.


Trevor & Sandra Purcell

Trevor and Sandra talk about living in St Giles Court, Rowley Regis in 1970 and 1971 with their baby daughter.  Recorded in May 2014 by Pat Rodwell.


Sandra & Trevor Purcell

Sandra and Trevor talk about living in St Giles Court, Rowley Regis in 1970 and 1971 with their baby daughter.  Recorded in May 2014 by Pat Rodwell.


Mr V Foster

An interview with Mr Foster, who moved to the Heath Town Estate in 1978 and lived in low-rise accommodation. Recorded in May 2014 by Christine Bason.


Barry Cotgrave

An interview with Barry Cotgrave, who lived on the 19th floor of a tower block in Oldbury in the mid 1970s. Recorded in June 2014 by Pat Rodwell.


Shaun Pritchard

Shaun works on the Heath Town Estate and has a  long connection with tower blocks. Recorded in May 2014 by Christine Bason. Photo by Paul Quigley.


Jean Smith

Jean moved to a council house on Inkerman Street on the Heath Town Estate in 1971. Recorded in June 2014 by Christine Bason. Photo by Paul Quigley.


Vincent Clarke

Vince moved to the Heath Town Estate in Wolverhampton in his 30s and lived in a maisonette with his son. Recorded in August 2014 by Dave Cocker.


Kevin Aston & Peggy Whiting

Kevin and Peggy talk about Bolton Court flats, Tipton – based on experience of living there between 1965 and 2010. Recorded in June 2014 by Tracy Shelly.


Colin Lewis

Colin talks about his experience of living on the Lion Farm estate in Oldbury between 1979 and 1984. Recorded in June 2014 by Tracy Shelly.


Mavis Hawthorne

Mavis talks about here experience of moving into Bolton Court flats, Tipton in 1965. Recorded on 25th June 2014 by Christine Bason.


Dave Cocker

Dave Cocker, secretary of his local tenants’ assn., on his experience of tower blocks in Wolverhampton. Recorded on 29th July 2014 by Christine Bason.


Norman Bracken-Ridge

As a boy, Norman played in the foundations of Grosvenor Ct., Wednesfield,  then lived there in the ’70s. Recorded on 29th July 2014 by Pat Rodwell.


Martyn Steed

Martyn has lived on Heath Town estate since 1976 and talks about the loss of community facilities. Recorded on 30th May 2014 by Christine Bason.


Don Jones

Don worked for Wates as a construction foreman on the Heath Town flats in the late 1960s. Recorded on 31st July 2014 by Christine Bason.


Godfrey Minay

Godfrey talks about his experience as a planning officer in Wolverhampton in the 1960s. Recorded on 9th December 2014 by Sal Pennell.


Marianne Monro

Marianne lived in three different Smethwick tower blocks, starting in 1971 when she was a child. Recorded on 25th September 2014 by Pat Rodwell.


Marianne Monro

Marianne reflects on her time working in various roles for the local authority, starting in 1990. Recorded on 25th September 2014 by Pat Rodwell.


Dave Woodhall

Dave talks about growing up in Ryder House, a point block in West Bromwich, between 1965-83. Recorded on 2nd October 2014 by Pat Rodwell.


Juanita Williams

In the late ’70s Juanita moved out to live with her boyfriend in a 13th floor flat on Lion Farm Estate, Oldbury. Recorded on 9th October 2014 by Pat Rodwell.


Luke Caulton

Luke, in his 20s and from Walsall, recently moved into a flat in Regent House on the Burrowes Street Estate. Recorded on 25th September 2014 by Hannah Crawford.


Peter Thompson

Peter describes the experience of living as a student in Wychbury Court, Dudley in the late 1980s. Recorded on 26th February 2015 by Roxie Collins.

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