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Two girls at Froghall

Two girls at Froghall, during the mid-1940s. This image is featured by kind permission of the Churnet Valley Railway.

Looking northwards from Hartshill Bank, Stoke-on-Trent

This photograph shows the view northwards from the top of Hartshill Bank at the top of Vicarage Road on a cloudy day in November. On the right are the twin winding towers of Wolstanton Colliery and to ...

Rushton Spencer

A group of women and children pose for a photograph outside is A. Holland's grocers and provisions shop in Rushton Spencer village In the background is the station, now a private dwelling. The ...

Soldiers at Alton Towers

A group of soldiers at Alton Towers in May 1944. During the Second World War Alton Towers was used as a centre for training officers of different regiments for specific tasks. Most of these men ...

Rushton station

A postcard showing Rushton station and level crossing in 1900. Until quite recently, level crossings were constantly manned and operated by a conventional swing gate. The railway no longer serves ...

Potteries Express at Leek station

The Potteries Express takes on water at Leek station on a summer's day in 1959. A crowd gathers at the trackside to admire the locomotive, a 'crab' 2-6-0 mogul, number 42922. These engines were ...

Passenger train at Oakamoor

A three-coach passenger service approaches Oakamoor in around 1957, hauled by Stanier class 4P steam locomotive number 42663. Note the spur line to the right, heading into sidings at Bolton's Copper ...

Passenger service at Leek station

A passenger train stands at Leek station in 1928. The locomotive is an 0-6-0 tank engine. Because it has only two carriages it is probably a local service between Leek and Uttoxeter. This image ...

Cheddleton Asylum foundation stone

Dignitaries lay the foundation stone at Cheddleton asylum in Staffordshire. The Victorians had a genuine awareness of mental illness, and Cheddleton asylum had an excellent record of patient care. This ...

Leek goods yard

A dirty Standard Class 4 locomotive numbered 75030 pulls away from Leek yard in Staffordshire with an empty load of wagons. This picture was taken in 1966 when steam was becoming a rarer sight on Britain's ...

Inmates at Cheddleton Asylum

"Inmates" at Cheddleton Asylum were encouraged to take part in games and physical training as part of their treatment. Teamwork games such as netball would help secure friendship and be of benefit ...

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 ...

Bosley station

Bosley Station, Cheshire, pictured around 1963 and still in use. Note the Ford Anglia saloon car, the equivalent of a Ford Ka today! A semaphore railway signal stands to the left of the building. This ...

Building Cheddleton Asylum

The asylum at Cheddleton in Staffordshire was built to serve the Pottery towns and the area surrounding Leek. Patients were referred to as "inmates", and anyone from people with a "mild affliction" ...

Station dog Jimmy, Kingsley and Froghall

Station dog Jimmy photographed at Kingsley and Froghall station. Kingsley and Froghall is on the Churnet Valley Line, which closed to passengers in the 1960s and to goods in 1988. Though demolished, ...

Wedgwood's Etruria works, Stoke-on-Trent

Etruria Works was opened by Josiah Wedgwood in 1769, replacing the Ivy House and Brick House Works in Burslem. Built on the route of the Trent & Mersey Canal, just where it would be crossed by the Newcastle ...

Shelton Steel Works from Basford Bank, Stoke-on-Trent

This is the view along Etruria Road near the bottom of Basford Bank, looking towards Shelton Steel works. Behind are the spoil tips of the Shelton and Racecourse Collieries. Wedgwood's Etruria Hall ...

The bottom of Basford Bank, Stoke-on-Trent

Looking northwards from Etruria Road close to the bottom of Basford Bank towards Wolstanton Colliery. On the skyline are the houses in May Bank, built from the 1920s onwards. The foreground is a jumble ...