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.
Saturday night at the Movies – What did you see at the Essoldo Picture House on Bournes Bank?
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Auckland Street with Kent Electric Ceramics pictured on the left.
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Bodley Street on The Sytch prior to the area’s demolition in 1964.
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Anna Street to the rear of St Johns Church before the area was demolished as part of the council’s ‘slum clearance’ programme.
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Children playing in the street on Sangster Lane, Smallthorne with Norton church on the horizon.
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This view of Bournes Bank, taken in 1964 looks up towards the angel on top of the town hall with Acme Marls Ltd offices on left.
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These bottle ovens still stand today on the junction of Bournes Bank.
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Another view of the bottle ovens on Bournes Bank, this time taken from Enoch Street.
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W.R. Midwinters Pottery on Bournes Bank.
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Were you a Mod or a Rocker? A scooter parked up on Brickhouse Street or Cock’s Entry, the cut-through from Queen Street to Market Place.
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A view from Bycars Lane, looking north towards Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Tunstall.
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Heavy work at Sneyd Brickworks fireclay pit. The marl collected was used to make firebricks at the works.
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Another view of Sneyd Brickworks fireclay pit looking over towards Vale Park and Bycars Lane, taken from Haywood Road.
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Vale Park, home of Port Vale Football Club.
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The Loop Line makes its way past houses on Mitchell Street, heading up towards Tunstall.
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Corner shops on every street corner were commonplace back in the 1960s. Pictured is a view of one on Bycars Road and Caulton Street.
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G.H. Heath & Sons Heathcote Works on Scotia Road, who were textile processors back in 1964. Taken from Greenhead Road.
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A view of Card Street and its cast iron footpath curb. The area was demolished not long after this photograph was taken.
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Cartmel Street on The Sytch, prior to its demolition.
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Did you go to Sunday School here? St. John’s Church School Buildings on Cross Street.
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One of Royal Doultons pottery warehouses on the junction of Chapel Lane & the former Enfield Street.
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The Old American Hotel which stood on Commercial Street.
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Caterham Bros. who produced fireplaces, used to operate from a premises on Commercial Street.
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Croft Court off Ford Green Road, Smallthorne. The area was cleared as part of the Council’s ‘slum clearance’ programme in the 1960s to make way for new, modern housing.
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