Bride Stones

Two views of Burslem’s Queen St., and the ancient Bride Stones.

Queen Street features in my novel The Spyders of Burslem. One can see signs for “Longs” and what looks like “Doughty’s Reading Rooms” alongside the Wedgwood Institute. The steepled tower, long-gone, is remarkable. These three pictures were found in the marvellously illustrated The origin and history of the Primitive Methodist Church, and extracted at the highest resolution. They’re public domain, so feel free to re-use. The first half of the book is worth looking at for the wealth of local topographical pictures of Burslem and the Moorlands, even if one has no interest in the history of primitive Methodism. One wonders if the original paste-ups for the book are yellowing deep in some obscure Methodist archive, and might be found and their pictures scanned at hi-res?

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