Russells Hall Estate
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Russells Hall is a residential area of Dudley in the West Midlands of England. The area was extensively mined for coal during the Industrial Revolution and would remain open for many years, which meant the district had become highly industrialised in the then heyday of the Black Country's industrial past. This process ceased in about 1950 when the local council earmarked the area for housing development.
The land at Russells Hall was then made safe and allowed to settle until house building commenced. The first council house was occupied in 1958 and the whole estate was completed within a decade, with a mix of private and council housing. The estate is served by a primary school, a secondary school and three special schools, as well as being within close proximity of the local hospital.
The Russells Hall Estate
The Russells Hall Estate is a residential area of Dudley, West Midlands, England. Situated approximately one mile to the west of Dudley town centre, the site was earmarked for development as council housing in around 1950, to rehouse hundreds of families from the dilapidated 19th century terraces which were still standing in the town centre around The Inhedge and Stafford Street.
The site of the Russells Hall Estate had been extensively mined for coal since the late 18th century, and after the land was made level it had to be left to settle for five years before any homes could be built. Local industrialisation had been considerable, as the district had become highly industrialised in the then heyday of the Black Country's industrial past.
The first house was completed and let in 1958, and by 1966 the estate was complete, consisting of several hundred council houses and flats as well as some private houses, mostly situated around Scott’s Green Close on the south side of the estate. Several more private and council properties, including about 30 council bungalows, were added in the 1970s around Middlepark Road.
The estate is served by several schools including Russells Hall Primary School on Overfield Road and the Holly Hall Academy on Scotts Green Close. Sutton School is a special school which is also located on Scotts Green Close.
Parks and recreational areas
A large area of public open space exists around the centre of the estate and in 2005 was earned by Dudley council as a possible site for mass housing development.