In the early 1960s, Stoke-on-Trent Archive Services commissioned local photographer Bert Bentley to document the changing face of the city. During that time the landscape of the city was changing with the demolition of old factories, public houses and rows upon rows of terraced streets in the council’s ‘slum clearence’ programme. In 2016, The archive service within Hanley Library allowed The Sentinel access to this vast collection in order to digitise the images, most of which hadn’t been seen for nearly 50 years, for future generations.
The Spitfire, which is now within The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, used to be housed in a large greenhouse which sat on Bethesda Street.
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Do you remember the Spitfire? Before being moved into the Potteries Museum, our Spitfire used to sit proudly on Bethesda Street.
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Hanley High School during its demolition.
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A view from Charles Street of Hanley High School.
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The Birches Head Hotel on Birches Head Road.
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The recently constructed Birches Head Secondary Modern R.C. School on Birches Head Road. The school is now known as The Bridge Centre.
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The view up Cannon Street from the south end of Victoria Square and Yates Street, Hanley.
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Stoke-on-Trent District Nursing Service offices on Charles Street, with the construction of the East/West Precinct to the left.
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Did you used to work at Gough & Co on Clough Street?
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Lancaster & Sandlands Pottery Works on Mount Pleasant, Clough Street. The area was demolished as part of the City Council’s slum clearance.
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Clough Street used to be a busty, bustling hub of industry back in the 1960s.
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Bullock & Bosson, Typewriters & Office furniture suppliers on Clough Street.
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Fancy a pint? The former Derby Arms Hotel on Derby Street, Hanley
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A lady makes her way up the steep bank of Eaton Street, Northwood
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Last orders at the Cobden Arms. The pub Elizabeth Street was later knocked down as part of the clearance programme.
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Salvation Army Citadel stands proudly at the top of Glass Street. The terraced house to the rear were later knocked down to make way for the Potteries Way ring-road.
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The three bottle ovens of New Hall Pottery on Hope Street.
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New Hall Pottery Works which stood at the end of Hope Street.
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Old properties on Keelings Road, Bucknall before their demolition.
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The iconic Lewis Arcade on Lamb Street, Hanley.
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Workers begin the demolition of the Lewis Arcade on Lamb Street.
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The view of Lamb Street from top of Market Square, back when the area was used as a space for parking your car.
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The Johnson Bros. Eastwood Pottery Works on Lichfield Street. The factory is now home to Emma Bridgewater.
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Did you used to go swimming at Hanley Public Baths on Lichfield Street?
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Adams Sewing Machine Shop, which was probably smallest shop in the Potteries, sits alone on Lichfield street.
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The Spitfire on display before the construction of the glasshouse on Bethesda Street.
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The Spitfire, which is now on display in The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, used to be housed in a large glasshouse on Bethesda Street.
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Hanley High School is taken down, brick by brick in 1963. This photograph was taken from Birch Terrace.
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The demolition of Hanley High School, taken from the direction of Charles Street.
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Little has changed to The Birches Head Hotel on Birches Head Road.
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