Doxford Park Housing Estate
Doxy Park, Mill Hill….I’m not 100% sure which is correct, although it may be both – corrections in the comment box below please!
Built during the optimistic housing boom of the 1960s, these tiny flat roofed houses that rested betwixt Silksworth and Herrington had become a problem area by the time I became aware of their existence in the late 1990s. Passing them every day on the way to Shiney Row College I was always fascinated by the estate. Once I learned of the impending redevelopment it was time to revisit with the camera after a fleeting few photos in around 2006. An interesting place to be, especially in the dark, impending arson/stabbing always adds an edge to proceedings.
As of early 2015 the majority of the estate has been demolished by Gentoo, making way for new housing developments, although a small number of the buildings still remain standing. What struck me on my visits, that whilst the majority of the houses were boarded up, burnt out or mid demolition, there were still a small number of people still living in their home on the estate, clinging on for dear life. It must have been incredibly strange to live, often in the only occupied house on a street, when all around you is dereliction and vandalism. This selection of photos taken at the Doxford Park Housing Estate over a 3 year period from 2010-2013.
Andy Martin, January 2015.