1986 Social Survey (part 1)

   We asked a group of 11 to 15 year   
 old children to answer an individual  
 questionnaire about their homes,      
 possessions and use of leisure time.  
 From this we draw the following       
   'D' block has 5,233 dwellings. 61%  
 of the dwellings are owner-occupied.  
 The remaining 39% are rented from     
 Sedgefield District Council. 50% of   
 the total number of dwellings are     
 semi-detached houses, 38% are terraced
 and 12% detached.                     
   An average family will have 2 or 3  
 children. Approximately 15% have one  
 child. 68% of the children have always
 lived in Spennymoor. 2 out of 3       
 children have their own room and their
 own television, radio and cassette    
 player. Computers are popular and a   
 little over half the homes possess    

Map of the area

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In 1986 the BBC launched an ambitious project to record a snapshot of everyday life across the UK for future generations. A million volunteers took part…  read more here

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