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 up Anchor Road toward Sandford Hill from Longton. The area was demolished as part of the slum clearance.
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Anchor Place off Anchor Road prior to the clearance of the area.
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The Railway Hotel on Weston Street.
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Looking towards Ubberley from Dividy Road.
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A view of Short Bambury Street as seen from Anchor Road. Mossfield colliery slag heaps in background.
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Looking down towards the bottle ovens of Longton from Anchor Road.
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The Gasometer on Dividy Road seen from Anchor Road.
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British Anchor Pottery Works on Anchor Road looking down towards Longton.
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The smoking bottle ovens were a common sight in Longton. In this view you can see the back of Anchor Pottery on Anchor Road over towards Sutherland Road.
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The slum clearance area of Ashwood prior to its demolition in 1964.
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The former Eden Pottery Works can be seen on the left of Chancery Lane, with the Empire Theatre further up on the right.
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A view up Caroline Street from the iron railway bridge in Longton. The Belstaff factory is seen on the left.
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The Walkers Nonsuch factory on Calverley Street looking up towards a busy, shop-filled Uttoxeter Road.
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Looking down Bridgwood Street towards the Tuscan China Works. The area was later demolished as part of the city council’s clearance programme.
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Mr Michael Walker gives a biology class at Longton High School in 1963.
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Garfield Pottery on Barker Street, Longton.
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Just popping up town…Looking back up towards The Strand from Chancery Lane.
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St Gregory’s Roman Catholic Church, which was built in 1800 during its demolition in 1964.
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Aynsley’s Pottery on Commerce Street with a Robertson’s marmalade van driving past.
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The bottle ovens of Harry Aynsley’s Pottery Works and the Empire Theatre on Commerce Street as seen from Normacot Road. The area was cleared to make way for the bus station and Longton Exchange.
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Another view of Commerce Street prior to its redevelopment.
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The Union Hotel stands on the junction of Commerce Street & Uttoxeter Road. The hotel is now home to Stevens Solicitors.
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Looking up Commerce Street, the shop in the centre of the photograph still stands today selling car parts.
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Another view of Commerce Street with the Empire Theatre and Aynsley Pottery Works facing.
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Royal Stafford China Pottery as seen from Edensor Road.
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Salisbury Crown China Works on Edensor Road.
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The bottle ovens of Windsor and Electra Potteries were once a Longton landmark.
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Plants’ Tuscan Works on Forrister Street.
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Baskerville Demolition Co. take down one of the bottle ovens at Bridgwoods Pottery in Goddard St.
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The bottle ovens at Bridgewood’s Pottery on Goddard Street.
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