Ferrol - Urban History
Franco Period
Football stadium in the 'Ensanche' (c. 1945-50)

In 1940 Ferrol annexed the neighbouring municipality of Serantes and its population grew from 35,000 to 60,000 inhabitants, with land available for building use multiplying greatly. To the north of the Castilla Road work started on designing a neighbourhood that the council's technicians would coldly refer to as 'Ensanche [suburban development] -Zone A', and which came to be known commonly as 'Little Hell'. Disorganized growth at the hands of private builders was the main feature of the new neighbourhood. Builders would construct in any available space, with the residents then having to contact the council in order to request paved streets, public lighting, or sewage and running water. The only public infrastructure was a new municipal football stadium, the popular sport par excellence of Franco's regime, aimed at a mainly urban, male public.

Ferrol City Council, Postcard collection