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1812 election notice from the Enoch Wood scrapbook - "The fate of the community..."

In the 1800s, an election would be among the biggest local attractions of the year. The main event Thousands would flock to hear the candidates' outdoor speeches, where they could find singing, ...

1813 Report of the State of the Poor in the Parish of Burslem - Document from the Enoch Wood Scrapbook

This document provides an account of benefit payments in Burslem at the end of January 1813. In 1811, the town's population had been 8,625. In January 1813, 1,335 of these were receiving relief ...

1813 Report of the State of the Poor in the Parish of Burslem - Enoch Wood Scrapbook

This list, compiled by Burslem's Parish Churchwardens, reveals some of the town's unemployment problems in the period around Christmas 1812 and January of the following year. The rates 'Rates' collected ...

Address of the Coal Miners of the North Staffordshire District - A notice from the Enoch Wood Scrapbook

This notice invites us to explore the hardships suffered by North Staffordshire's coal miners in 1831 - when their early trade unions were still not widely recognised. Employers often intimidated organised ...

Address to the Workmen in the Parishes of Burslem and Wolstanton - Document from the Enoch Wood Scrapbook

The Truck System This was a 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 ...

An Address to the Coal Miners - Pamphlet from the Enoch Wood Scrapbook

An apparently neutral observer introduces himself in this pamphlet, claiming to weigh up the respective cases of the coal masters and miners' union during industrial unrest in 1831. Claiming to wish ...

Anti-Slavery petition to be organised in Stoke-on-Trent - A notice from the Enoch Wood scrapbook

Once Britain had outlawed the slave trade in 1804-5, a new organisation known as the African Institution tried to maintain the momentum of the anti-slavery movement. Now they called for other countries ...

Arthur Scargill at a miner's strike demonstration, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent 1984.

Arthur Scargill was President of the National Union of Mineworkers during the 1984 - 1985 miner's strike and became a household name. He attended rallys and demonstrations throughout the country including ...

Axe Edge, neer Leek. Photographed by William Blake.

A view of Axe Edge and the Leek-Buxton road. This area lies within the Peak District National Park. The image is one of a series labelled "Leek & Buxton".

Barratt Gardens, Abbey Hulton

Barratt Gardens is on the northern edge of Carmountside Crematorium and Cemetery. It's a crescent of old people's homes and a community centre which dates from the mid-1950's. The bungalows owe their ...

Boothen Old Road, Stoke upon Trent

A view south from just outside the Boothen Stand at Stoke City's old Victoria Ground. Boothen Old Road is to the left and Lime Street to the right. The corner shop in the centre is now a house but the ...

Botanical Study, by Elizabeth Blake

Botanical study of the Primula Vulgaris undertaken in 1922. This study was undertaken by Elizabeth Blake, William Blake's sister, and details were reported to North Staffordshire Field Club meetings. Longton ...

Botanical Study, by Elizabeth Blake

Botanical study of the Primula Vulgaris undertaken in 1922. This study was undertaken by Elizabeth Blake, William Blake's sister, and details were reported to North Staffordshire Field Club meetings. Longton ...

Botanical Study, by Elizabeth Blake

Botanical study of the Primula Vulgaris undertaken in 1922.This study was undertaken by Elizabeth Blake, William Blake's sister, and details were reported to North Staffordshire Field Club meetings. Longton ...

Botanical Study, by Elizabeth Blake

Botanical study of the Primula Vulgaris undertaken in 1922. This study was undertaken by Elizabeth Blake, William Blake's sister, and details were reported to North Staffordshire Field Club meetings. Longton ...

Botanical study, Manifold Valley

Botanical study of the Primula Vulgaris undertaken in 1920. The flowers were picked near to Thor's Cave at Manifold valley, Staffordshire, by Miss E.M. Blake. They are part of a botanical study looking ...

Botanical study, Manifold Valley

Botanical study of the Primula Vulgaris undertaken in 1921. The flowers were picked near to Thor's Cave at Manifold valley, Staffordshire, by Miss E.M. Blake. They are part of a botanical study looking ...

Bourne Chapel, Longton. Photographed by William Blake.

Church exterior taken at Bourne Chapel, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire.