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Cowgate and Barrack Street Clearance Schemes: Winners and Losers

In the 1930s the Norwich City Council and Corporation successfully orchestrated a combined programme of slum clearance and council-house building which affected more than 10,000 people. It was a huge logistical exercise, which resulted in the movement of thousands of residents away from their city-centre homes to new accommodation, mostly on the outskirts. This highly efficient, if somewhat autocratic, operation was to the benefit of the vast majority, but there were also those who were left significantly worse off.

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Women and young children in an old Norwich Yard
Pestell’s Yard, Cowgate, c.1935