In the late 1960s St Ann’s, an area of Nottingham, was set for demolition. This involved the wholesale clearance of houses, shops, pubs, churches and businesses. Most of the houses were built in the mid-1800s and of very poor quality, having no internal toilets or bathrooms, poor sanitation and problems with damp. The process of demolition meant that upwards of 30,000 people had to be rehoused in different parts of the city.
What St Ann’s did have was a great sense of community which was about to be lost along with a way of life that we would never see again. To many residents, although being rehoused in better modern homes was something to look forward to, this community was to be sadly missed.
In this second book of photographs from the time, following St Ann’s, The End of an Era, Peter Richardson presents images of what it was like for the community during the final days of clearance, when many of them had to remain in their houses among the rubble and destruction as their neighbourhood was demolished around them.
Peter studied photography at Derby College of Art and qualified with a diploma in creative photography in 1973. He spent most of his working life as an advertising and fashion photographer, mixed with a stint driving buses. He spent a decade using his spare time traveling around Europe in a motorhome and supplying images to a picture library. He has an extensive collection of photographs, taken both in the early part of his career and whilst traveling, which now have both historical and social interest and he hopes will be enjoyed by others.