A BOLD programme by the old Stafford Rural District Council to get rid of buildings which officials considered to be uninhabitable - in other words, slums - was well under way by the late 1950s.
The swing of the demolition man’s hammer also saw the disappearance of landmarks on some of the most glorious views of the Staffordshire countryside.
More than 500 properties were demolished in the project which saw many families move from almost remote rural areas into towns and larger villages during the project, which lasted until the 1970s.
Some buildings were deemed worthy of being listed, having architectural or historical importance, while a few had the potential for improvement with the aid of government grants.
Here are a selection of some of the properties which came under the spotlight of planners and environmental health offices.