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Stoke-on-Trent Districts: Bentilee


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Bentilee, Ubberley, Townsend

Bentilee is a suburb and housing estate in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire situated between Hanley and Longton.

Built in the 1950s, Bentilee was at that time one of the largest estates in Europe, with around 4,500 properties. Some of the streets in the area are named after various places in the UK e.g. Winchester Ave, Chelmsford Dr, and Devonshire Sq.


Bentilee from Google Maps - 2008
Bentilee from Google Maps - 2008

a report from a 1960 book about the building of Bentilee and the surrounding areas

"When completed the Ubberley, Bentilee and Berry Hill units will cover an area of 735 acres with about 6,400 dwellings, housing a population in the region of 25,600 persons. A few years ago this area was open country— some of it quite desolate. The ancient Ubberley Hall, demolished 1958, and Farm were lonely spots. Planned for the Ubberley and Bentilee unit were houses, shops, cinemas, public baths, churches, schools, community centres, health centres, hotels, public houses, police stations, garages and open public spaces.

One can well imagine that a big sewerage scheme was necessary and that there were many roads and streets to be made at an ever increasing cost. Indeed, the pre-war cost of site development averaged about £60 per house. Today it varies from £140 to £180 and more per house.

Three types of living accommodation have emerged,

(i) the kitchen-living room house,
(ii) the working kitchen house, and
(iii) the dining-kitchen house

—the latter two being most convenient and economical. The dining-kitchen house type has been adopted by the Housing Committee for the two- and three-bedroom type houses. In this house the ground floor contains a living room and kitchen. In this type of house the back to back solid fuel appliance is found to be the best method of heating the rooms and for obtaining hot water.
Electricity is used for lighting and gas and electricity may be used for cooking. Running water is supplied from one tap, the remainder being from a storage tank. Standardisation of units makes it possible to erect many houses in a short period of time, especially as the making of bricks and tiles of all descriptions form part of the local industry.

Reports of the Stoke-on-Trent Housing Committee show that a three bedroom house of 800 square feet floor area, built in the year 1938-9, less cost of land, roads and service, was £380. After the war, by 1949, a similar house of just over 1,000 square feet area cost £1,321. A similar house in 1955, with an area of 900 square feet cost £1,435. The cost continues to rise."

"A Sociological History of Stoke-on-Trent" E.J.D. Warrillow


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