Life in ‘This is England’ Sheffield flats which ‘look worse than they are’ insist locals

Life in ‘This is England’ Sheffield flats which ‘look worse than they are’ insist locals

Blackstock flats and Ironside Road in Sheffield are famous on the small screen, having featured in three TV drama sequels from 2010 to 2015.

But the area wasn’t picked for its beauty. Instead this became the epicentre of Shane Meadows’ vision of a troubled Britain in the 80s and 90s.

The concrete tower blocks proved the perfect backdrop for a gritty vision of of the UK and the north during troubled times. Blackstock flats themselves were featured prominently as the grim-looking location that Lol and Woody move to in This is England 86.

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Today the grey monuments to post-war architecture remain an a fairly uninviting prospect on approach, rising out of the greenery of Gleadless Valley like a concrete scar. Their heyday as an ideal of a suburban planned community long behind them.

Behind the brutal facades and the rusting iron railings however, there is a community of people making the most of the lot they have been given. Even as their area is portrayed as the epitome of ‘rough’ to a nationwide audience on TV, people here remain proud of the community they have forged.

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Jen, 30, lives in one of the iconic blocks on Ironside Road itself. She told Yorkshire Live: “I think people look at the buildings and just think they’re grim. Yeah it doesn’t help when they’ve been shown a certain way on TV but it really isn’t as bad as people make out.

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  • June 24, 2023