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.
James Heap, Printers & Bookbinders on Booth Street, Stoke
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Bath Terrace which was an area ear-marked for slum clearance in 1964
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A view down Bath Street towards Stoke town.
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Aquinas Street prior to its demolition.
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Mellor’s Mineral Mills once stood on Aqueduct Street, Stoke
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Alastair Road, Oakhill looking west from Kensington Road.
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J.G. Fenn. Bookbinders & Printers, on the corner of Woodhouse Street & Boothen Old Road. The firm later moved to Duke Street, Fenton.
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Central Ambulance Station on Boothen Old Road.
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Stoke City Football Club Supporters Social Club which sat opposite the main entrance to the Victoria Ground.
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Turnstiles for the Boothen End off Lonsdale Street, Stoke.
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The Plough Inn on Boothen Old Road was popular on matchdays.
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The old Michelin railway line, where it joined with the Stoke – Trentham line, south of Sideway Old Road.
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Main entrance to the Victoria Ground, home to Stoke City Football Club wit Boothen Old Road to the left, Lonsdale Street on the right.
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Another view of the main entrance on Boothen Old Road.
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The view from the Boothen End.
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The Butler Street Stand as seen from the Boothen End.
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Inside The Victoria Ground.
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Boothenwood Terrace as seen from James Street.
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Boughey Street as seen from London Road.
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Some of the most ornate buildings in Stoke still stand today on Brook Street.
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The King’s Hall as seen from Brook Street – Very little has changed from this photograph taken in 1963.
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Entrance to the Butler Street Stand of the Victoria Ground.
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The Greyhound Inn closed for business on Campbell Road.
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The District Bank which later became Natwest on the corner of Hill Street & Campbell Road.
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Looking down Market Street, Stoke with Campbell Pace to the left and the demolished Wheatsheaf, prior to its re-building on the right.
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United Co-Operative Laundries Association on Campbell Road, Boothen.
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Clare’s Structural Steelwork on Campbell Road Industrial Estate.
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The old Stoke Printers house at the top of Hill Street, prior to its demolition.
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The Hide & Skin Market as seen from Hill Street.
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The former St. Andrews Church on the junction of Honeywall & Hartshill Road.
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