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Mum shocked by views from new Darlaston tower block

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: July 11, 2014

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IN The Bugle (April 19 edition) readers were asked for their memories of Black Country tower blocks.

Mine are possibly a little different than most. In 1966 as an 18-year-old I, along with my parents, moved into a flat on the 10th floor of the newly-built John Wootton House in Great Croft Street, Darlaston, which now forms part of St. Lawrence Way.

Having previously lived in a Victorian terraced house with no inside amenities, my mother was delighted with the modern kitchen and bathroom.

She looked from the balcony at the extensive view along Walsall Road. Then as she looked down she realised that she was looking at a line of men using the open topped toilets at the Castle Hotel, which being a rather strait-laced woman, she found more than a little embarrassing.

Looking over to the left she saw a lorry unloading lambs at the abattoir in Campbell Place which again she wasn't pleased about.

The blocks have now been demolished. But Great Croft Street still survives in name as the service road where the number 79 buses load and offload for Wolverhampton and Birmingham.

Alan Wheatley,

Woodsbank Terrace,

Darlaston.

arwheatley@talktalk.net

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