The Gully


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The Gully, Cannock, UK, 2005

The film is made over a period of a Sunday from dusk to dawn looking down a gully leading to the council estate in the small town of Cannock, UK.

This was my view from my kitchen in the short period of my life in this city.

Cannock was a small rural community until coal mining increased heavily during the mid-to-late 19th century. The area then continued to grow rapidly with many industries coming to the area because of its proximity to the Black Country and its coal reserves. Cannock's population continued to increase steadily in the 20th century and its slight fall since the 1981 census has been more than compensated for by house-building in the adjoining village of Heath Hayes. The last colliery to close in the town was Mid Cannock in 1967, and the last remaining colliery to close in the Cannock Chase area was Littleton 1993. There is now no heavy industry in the area, and Cannock is home to many commuters working in the surrounding towns and cities.

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