Still Spode

A few of my still life pictures from inside the old Spode factory, Stoke-on-Trent, 26th September 2015.

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Burt Bentley’s Burslem

49 great unseen images of Burslem and Smallthorne. They’re from the Burt Bentley collection, recently found in dusty 35mm slide boxes at the City Archives in Hanley.


Picture: "1964 Brickhouse Street. Old building, probably old inn. Top of Street." A familiar sight to those who know Burslem, and one of the settings of my novel The Spyders of Burslem. Aka Brickhouse Street, Cock’s Yard, Cox’s Entry (a corruption of Cock’s, it seems).

Byron Machin talks 2015/6

Series of autumn 2015 talks by Byron Machin, expert on the Peak District mines…

* Wednesday 14th October
The Folklore of the Staffordshire Moorlands.
Cheadle Historical Society.

* Wednesday 4th November
The Prehistoric Ritual Monuments of the Peak District.
Tempus, Congleton.

* Tuesday 8th December
The Prehistoric Ritual Monuments of the Peak District.
Mysteries Group, Bridge Street Ale House.

Stoke’s edgelands

Interesting musings on the north east edgelands just above Stoke-on-Trent in The Sentinel today. Dave Proudlove seems to hint that there may be vague plans to basically infill housing by using the marginal agricultural land between Biddulph and Kidsgrove, which I’m guessing would effectively create a new ‘Bidd-grove’ or ‘Kids-ulph’ conurbation? I’m familiar with the southern part of the section, around Goldenhill, and I could imagine quite a lot of nice new estates fitted in on the relatively flat top-land up there, and more down toward the golf course.

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“The push to build more homes across North Staffordshire will see inevitable pressures emerge. Biddulph needs to cater for more than 1,000 new homes in the coming years. The emerging relationship between Cheshire East and Stoke-on-Trent will see talk of big numbers when it comes to housing. The edgelands could be a land of opportunity for some. The biggest changes could be yet to come.”