When Malcolm Marsh signed on to Bridgnorth District Council’s housing list, he did not know what sort of home he would be offered.
He certainly did not expect to be offered a South Staffordshire Housing Association home that was on the very same street - Church Street - that he had lived on in the 1960s. Of course, a great deal has changed since those days.
"The whole place is completely unrecognisable. In the 60’s there were no houses at this end of the road, just the pig farm. Mrs Jones was the farmer and we used to go and help her out from time to time. There was also Mr Spencer’s blacksmiths which is, of course, long gone and now a scrapyard."
"Our old house is still there - just about 75 yards away from my new house - which is quite extraordinary after all these years. I am over the moon with my new home - it is absolutely beautiful. I couldn’t have asked for anything better than this. I know that a lot of people are very envious of me!"
Mr Marsh, a keen collector of grandfather clocks, is also delighted that the raised ground floor design of the properties gives sound protection against any potential flood risk from the nearby river - and damage to his precious clocks.
Mr Marsh's home is one of seven new three bedroom houses built on the site.