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.
A rare colour photograph of the The Red Lion Inn.
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A busy High Street from the junction with Colclough Lane.
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St. John’s C of E Junior School, High Street.
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Goldenhill once had its own police station on the High Street.
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The Jolly Potters also once stood on High Street.
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An old cottage prior to its demolition on High Street.
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The imposing St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church.
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Hollywall Lane as seen from Burnaby Road.
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Looking up the steep bank of Hollywall Lane.
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The view from Hollywall Lane down High Street towards Newfield / Sandyford.
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A. Meakins potbank. The site is now occupied by Churchill China.
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Looking down into the Fowlea Valley from Hollywall Lane.
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Looking down Kidsgrove Bank, back towards Kidsgrove from the city boundary.
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The city boundary at the top of Kidsgrove Bank.
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The workers cottages at Linehouses. These houses were built for workers during excavations of Harecastle railway tunnel.
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Canal tunnel workers’ houses at Linehouses.
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The view east over Linehouses with Goldenhill Church on the horizon (right).
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Oldcott Road at the top of Kidsgrove bank looking over towards St James church, Newchapel.
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Christ Church on Rodgers Street.
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The Goldenhill & Newchapel railway station from Birchenwood Road with Westcliffe Hospital on the horizon.
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Entrance to Newchapel & Goldenhill railway station on Colclough Lane.
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Slum clearance on Temperance Place.
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The junction of Willis Street and Heath Street.
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Looking over towards Woodstock Road, with the Travellers Rest pub on the junction.
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