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Cases of Distress and Oppression, in the Staffordshire Potteries; By Labourers Wages being paid in Truck - Booklet from the Enoch Wood Scrapbook

The Truck System This was system whereby the workers were forced to accept goods in lieu of payment. They would be payed in tokens, which could only be spent at the company store or Tommy Shop. The ...

Central Hall, Longton. Photographed by William Blake.

The Easter celebration decorations at Central Hall, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire.

Centre Portion of Coronation Bedding, Queen’s Park, Longton

Taken at Longton Park, Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, this picturesque flower bed is a celebration of George VI's coronation in 1937. The park's official name is Queen's Park and it was officially opened ...

Cheddleton Asylum Christmas party

Cheddleton Asylum Christmas party. A Merry Christmas to All! The asylum was built circa 1895 and was in use up until the 1990s. This image is included by kind permission of the Churnet Valley ...

Cheshiremen! - A pro-reform election notice from the Enoch Wood scrapbook

At election time, tiresome political 'spin' is nothing new. Even in 1831, election candidates accused each other of the same, urging attention to facts only: Be on your guard - attend only to facts, ...

Children's day out, Kidsgrove.

During the 1984 - 1985 miner's strike there were ten womens action groups in north Staffordshire who supported the striking miners. They ran food centres, organised collections, manned picket lines and ...

Christmas Greetings Card. Longton Park. Photography and Design by William Blake.

Christmas Greetings Card with a view of Longton Park, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. Blake produced many greetings cards, which were sold in his shop at Stafford Street, Longton. The street was renamed ...

Church Plate, Caverswall. Photographed by William Blake.

Silverware items including a goblet and church plate with the inscription "The Gift of the Lord Chief Baron Parker to the Parish of Caverswall 1760". Taken at St. Peter's Church, Caverswall, Nr. Stoke-on-Trent, ...

Coach Trip, Stoke-on-Trent

Coach trips were popular during the 1950's, and much quicker and more comfortable than the early charabancs. Here is a company's staff outing, probably from Royal Doulton, about to depart for Blackpool ...

Coal getting at Longton

Photograph taken during the Coal Strike of 1926. 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 ...

Coal getting, Longton

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 ...

Coal getting, Longton

Photograph taken during the Coal Strike of 1926. 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 ...

Coal Strike 1912. "Coal Getting." Photographed by William Blake.

Photograph of people picking surface coal from a steep quarry edge during the strike of 1912.

Coal strike at Florence Colliery in Longton

Coal mining strikes occured in North Staffordshire on a number of occasions during the twentieth century. This images shows people scavanging for coal on waste tips during the 1912 coal strike. Coal was ...

Coal Strike, Mar. 1912 "Gleaning coal From Old Pit Banks." Photographed by William Blake.

A picture taken in Stoke-on-Trent during the miner's strike of March 1912. Men, women and children collect loose coal from the pit banks.

Coal Strike, March 1912. "Digging Coal out of Old Pit Mounds". Photographed by William Blake.

"Digging Coal out of Old Pit Mounds". People forage for coal during the strike during March 1912.

Coal Strike, March 1912. "Labour Works A Seam On Its Own Behalf." Photographed by William Blake.

Coal Strike, March 1912. "Labour Works A Seam On Its Own Behalf." Taken at Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire.

Coal Strike, March 1912. "Royalty - Free Coal Getting". Photographed by William Blake.

Coal Strike, March 1912. "Royalty - Free Coal Getting". Taken at Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire.