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.
Looking towards Bemersley Road from Knypersley Road.
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Ball Green Lane north off Bemersley Road.
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Looking down Ball Green Lane from Bemersley Road with Brown Edge in the distance.
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The Farmers Inn on Bemmersley Road
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The village or hamlet of Ridgway, just outside Ball Green on Bemmersley Road.
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The British Legion Club on Bemmersley Road.
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The Assembly of God Chapel, Bemmersley Road
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Ball Green County Secondary Modern School.
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Bew Street from Bemersley Road.
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A view looking up Bew Street from Whitfield Road.
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Cowen Street from Wilding Road.
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A general view north up Ford Green Brook valley with Chatterley Whitfield Colliery in the background.
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Hesketh Avenue from Whitfield Road.
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Moss Street from Bemersley Road.
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Part of the River Trent at Ridgway.
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South Street as seen from Cowen Street, Ball Green.
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The Black Bull mineral line looking towards Chatterley Whitfield Colliery dirt tip taken from the Whitfield Mill crossing.
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Ball Green Primary School which opened in September 1964
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Ball Green County Infant School.
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The war memorial stands at the junction of Whitfield Road/Wilding Roadwith Chatterley Whitfield Colliery in the background.
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Building work on Whitfield Road from Bemersley Road.
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Looking down Whitfield Road from Bew Street with Chatterley Whitfield Colliery in the distance.
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Old Royal Oak Inn on Wilding Road
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Ball Green Workingmen’s’ Club & Institute on Wilding Road
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United Methodist Church, built in 1908 on Wilding Road.
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A general view of Williamson Street from Wilding Street.
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