Bank Street, Tunstall

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Date:1967 - 1969 (c.)

Description:Bert Bentley, the photographer, described this as a typical Potteries scene with "a pottery works, kilns, chapel, colliery dirt tip and terraced houses".

On the left is the United Methodist Chapel built between 1860 and 1868. The building ceased to be used a chapel in 1940. The terraced houses also date from the middle of the 19th century. At the bottom of Bank Street are the buildings and kilns belonging to the Royal Albert and Victoria Potteries of Alfred Meakin Ltd. The Victoria Pottery is closest to the camera, with three bottle ovens behind. Further down the street is the Royal Albert Pottery. Meakins also had works in neighbouring Parsonage Street. Like the chapel and houses, the potworks date from the middle of the 19th century. The Royal Albert Pottery dates from 1866 (but part of Meakin's from 1873) and the Victoria Works from 1858 (became part of Meakin's in 1911).

On the right hand edge the conical waste tip belongs to Whitfield Colliery, nearly 2 miles away. The area in the photograph is much changed with the potworks, chapel and terraces replaced by modern housing.

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Creators: Mr Bert Bentley - Creator

Image courtesy of: Stoke on Trent City Archives.

Donor ref:SD1480/067-03 (204/33660)

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