Coal getting, Longton

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Description:Coal getting during the 1926 miners' strike. Photograph taken by J.A.Lovatt on the outskirts of Longton.

This photograph was probably taken from the East Vale /Meir Hay area of Longton. It’s the location of the much earlier Meir Hay Colliery. There were shallow coal workings and deposits that were still present at the time of the coal strike which caused great hardship to the Longton townsfolk.

Longton’s Parish Church – St James the Less in the distance and the tall chimney of Paragon China in Sutherland Rd. The Meir Hay area was also used by pottery firms to “dump” waste pottery shards & old moulds


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Longton Boys
Longton Boys

An unidentified group of boys photographed in Longton around 1900.

Normacot and Longton
Normacot and Longton

A general view taken from the hills to the east of the town.

Pottery factories, Longton
Pottery factories, Longton

Balmoral Works (left) and Ridgway Potteries (right), Longton. Photograph taken during ...

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Source: Lovatt Collection, Stoke on Trent City Archives

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