1935: What Park Hill Flats replaced

What Park Hill replaced - general view of School Lane area of Park, Duke Street and rear of Duke Place 1935
What Park Hill replaced - general view of School Lane area of Park, Duke Street and rear of Duke Place 1935
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Mention of Park Hill inevitably makes you think of blocks of flats and conjures up the vision of Streets in the Sky - and the controversy they have courted since they were built in the Sixties.

But what was there before? It was once a maze of back-to-back housing, tenements and alleyways dubbed “Little Chicago” in the 1930s because of its reputation for violent crime. Slum clearance of the area began during the 1930s but was halted by the Second World War.

This general view of School Lane area of Park, Duke Street and the rear of Duke Place from 1935 is from a new book by Peter Tuffrey, Sheffield Flats (Fonthill, £14.99), in the shops from December 12. It records how Park Hill (opened in 1961) and Hyde Park (1966) changed both the city skyline and council housing forever.