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Apprentice houses on the Gurnos Estate, Merthyr

Apprentice houses on the Gurnos Estate, Merthyr


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Apprentice houses on the Gurnos Estate, Merthyr

Apprentice houses on the Gurnos Estate, Merthyr. The houses cost £ 20, 000 a piece - twice the normal price for a new council dwelling. 25th June 1979

Staff
Western Mail Archive
Mirrorpix
Merthyr Tydfil
Wales

Media ID 21775811

© Mirrorpix

1979 Council House Estate Gurnos Houses Merthyr Tydfil


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This print takes us back to the Gurnos Estate in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales, during the summer of 1979. The image showcases a row of apprentice houses that were built on this council estate. These houses, captured by Staff from Memory Lane Prints, were not your ordinary council dwellings - they came with a hefty price tag of £20,000 each, twice the cost of a typical new council house at that time. The photograph offers a glimpse into the housing situation in Merthyr Tydfil during the 1970s. The street scene portrays an orderly row of homes with their distinct architectural style. Despite being more expensive than other council properties, these apprentice houses served as an important solution to address the growing demand for affordable housing in the area. Merthyr Tydfil's Gurnos Estate has long been known for its community spirit and close-knit neighborhoods. This snapshot captures just one aspect of life on this estate during this era – providing insight into both social and economic aspects of Welsh society at that time. As we delve into history through this evocative photograph print, it reminds us how much our urban landscapes have evolved over time while also highlighting enduring challenges surrounding affordable housing across different regions.

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