I would like to see the existing dates extended into the 1920 at least. My interest is the effect and aftermath of the First World War on the people of the Potteries.
We are sourcing what we can from the Library’s holdings and have added 1940-1941, 1943-1950 in the last 24 hours.
Thank you all for your continued interest in this title, and Happy Reading!
Are you producing new good quality scans from the original newspapers in the BL collection or simply scanning the existing microfilms?
Matty Grocott commented
Just wondering if anyone remembers Jean Stone. I think her parents kept the Post Office Caverswall in the 1960s
Looking for more details on Royal Doultons take over in 1971 by S Pearson and Sons
Hi. I am looking for information on the above 2 places.
Firstly, The Litten Tree in Stafford, near the Riverside. Does anybody know if in anytime whatsoever in history of the grounds the bar lies on if there were any wrong doings commited there (ie murder, hangings etc)?
Looking for an article from March 1992 from the front page which was about Stoke boss Lou Macari in a police probe
Are there any local history boffins out there who could tell me where
the 'Railway Inn' used to be in mow cop.It was in existence in the 1960s . Does
anyone know if it used to be where the 'Cheshire View'is now.
John Hulme commented
A simple gathering was held , to remember Christine Tranter, formerly of Wimdley, High Street Caverswall, who died in the Spring of 2009. She was a Teacher at Caverswall School and a Brownie Leader in the 1960's. She had 2 daughters Ruth and Jane, who were both activiely involved in parish life, before their university studies and later careers took then abroad. Christine and her husband Frank were both Head Teachers, prior to their retirement. Frank was a Sidesman at Caverswall church in the 1960's.Christine came from Yorkshire and went to St Catherine's College Liverpool, to train as a Teacher during the Second World War. The college evacuated to the Lake District, as a result of the constant bombings. It was there that she became friendly with Audrey Boden nee Blackshaw, who still lives in Weston Coyney. Christine lived in Caverswall for well over 50 years, next door to the local Artist and Teacher Tom Hinks, before she moved to Sussex, to be nearer her daughters. She will be sadly missed.
Researching Belstaff clothing origins
And would like to see their early adverts in the local paper in the 50-60s
Belstaff Manufacturing Co, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent
Belstaff of Longton is a garment manufacturer best known for producing high-performance waterproof jackets.
Founded in Longton in 1924 by Eli Belovitch and his son in law Harry Grosberg. Belstaff produced all-weather jackets for motorcyclists, and was the first company to use waxed cotton.
The company later created weather-protective jackets for other uses, goggles (primarily for the growing aviation market), gloves and several other garments intended to keep the wearer warm, dry and safe.
Belstaff became a subsidiary of James Halstead in 1948 – a company also famous in later years for the success of the Australian brand Driza-Bone.
Belstaff had two North Staffordshire manufacturing factories - one in Caroline Street, Longton and the other in Silverdale.
In the 1980s, Belstaff diversified into the golf wear market.
The company was hit hard by the textile crisis of the 1990's precipitating the closure of the Longton, Stoke-on-Trent factory after previously closing its Silverdale site.
Moving to Wellingborough, production was vastly reduced. The range was also manufactured in Australia by a sister company Driza-Bone.
The company is now (2011) Italian-owned and based in Mogliano Veneto.
Anne Morrow commented
Looking for more on Gertie Gertana who sang across the country
Up until her death in the mid 50s
Some local pubs have been dedicated to Gertie. 'Gitanas' in Hartshill was one, and this pub-sign above is, even now, still to be seen to this day on a wall to the rear of what was the old Theatre Royal in Hanley on the street named after her - Gitana Street.
Brian Hadfield commented
As a founder member of The Place complete with paper car sticker 'I'm a Place-mate, Mate!' one of my claims to fame was that Long John Baldry stood on my foot! I remember seeing many names including Judy Driscoll & The Steam Packet, LJB, Chris Farlowe etc. There was a great little jazz trio or quartet playing I think on Wed or Thurs nights. The cold beef sandwiches were also great. Rules were of course enforced and I recall being embarrased once when we took friends and the management insisted my mate wear one of their ties.
Well I started work at the Placemate with great management team Barry Salt Jim Heath Tony Plant and Dave Stanley we were then were clubbing started for the over 18's they then moved to the Place at 21 and to Maxins of Hanley at 23. Kevin Donovan and Bill Morris certainly got the marke sown up. I started when i was 17and a half (naughty)1972 and left in 1990. During this time i had seen boy meets girl they get married have children and there children get married that what The Place,Placemate, Maxims were about they were the people of the potteries they made these venues there own and supported them year after year until the big companies took over then it became a percentage trail and not entertainment value for money. I remember Martin bringing into the venues tv's for the first time in the uk and large screens to show football etc this was in 1984 and we lanched them with the first showing of Thriller by Michael Jackson at midnight. this was great tv's around the dancefloors and bars how new is that 1984 and people today think its good. Martin told us to take them down because it wass killing the atmoshpere because people were not talking to each other anymore how right he was. Great times Great people. Thank you for giving me such a great life in the 20 years that i was manager Placemate, Sammi Belles.Chico's Maxims of Newcastle live on in my heart GREAT DAYS.
Caroline Maggs commented
I used to answer the phones at radio Stoke on Sportsround Saturday in about 1984 to 86, and remember the place and people with fond memories. Wish there was a way to hear the old Sue Manning Music and the later Chris Ellis jingles.
I also remember during the National Garden Festival, BBC World Service's Outlook programme came from the festival studio, which I'd encouraged as my Dad was working at World Service. Radio Stoke were to provide a "news about stoke" insert, which had to be recorded in 1A, and the tape whisked to the festival for broadcast as lines were hard to set up. The lead story was a bomb scare at Crewe station, however as we were going down in the lift, we heard it had been a hoax, and the station was open, a very quick edit was made to the end to say it was a hoax, as there was no time to re-record, so Radio Stoke speaking to the world was a little out of date!
I also remember helping the engineering team under Simon Penfold, and an engineer whose name I can't remember, designing the SODIT (Studio Operated Device for Insert Timing) which was a BBC Micro, bar code reader, and a bit of magic on a Mark III desk. I remember assisting with a little bit of computer program debugging on that very clever device, and widely adopted within Local Radio (I think).
Regards to all who might remember me.
Ron Bent commented
Looking for the article from Oct 1985 when a train derailed at Stoke Station we were on board the train at the time
I am a former resident of Stoke on Trent, born in Chesterton Jan. 1954 living and growing up in Talke Pits until my late folks migrated to Aus. in 1968.
I have many fond memories of growing up there and then moving to Aus.
Even now aged 49 I still call that home, and Aus is the place I choose to live having two children born here.
I went to school at St Saviours primary school, and Sir David Mitchel school in Buttlane, then Clough Hall Comprehensive until moving to Aus in 1968.
Although life was not a bed of roses I have many fond memories of growing up, probably because life back then was at a more leisurely pace in comparison to the hectic lifestyle today. I remember as if it were yesterday the family home in Audley Road Talke Pits, and walking the five miles to the bus stop to catch the bus to school. The winters where it was fine in the morning leaving for school, and then the snow starting after lunch, and having to walk home because the bus was un! able to go up coal pit hill because of the snow on the road, and the great delight the next morning of being snowed in bcause the snow was up to the second storey window, of digging out the snow bound cars, and walking attop the drifted snow.
Something rarely seen hear in Aus. And all the memories of the times at school in year 3M back in 1968 while going to Clough Hall Comprehensive . Anyone still out there that went to Clough Hall in that year ?
Adey Insull commented
I went to Stanfields after passing the 13+ in 1957 and was in the same class as Pete Williams, Mickey DeVille, Ivan Baker etc. I carried on studies at North Staffs Poly (HNC in Elec Eng)and, after doing a Student Apprenticeship with Midlands Electricity Board, went to CEGB Northern Project Group in Cheadle Hulme, designing DRAX Power Station, before returning to MEB (and its successor privatised reincarnations). At their HQ I became the System Design Manager and then the High Voltage Circuits Manager companywide before retiring in 2001. I have been married for 47 years, have two adult children (a schoolteacher and an airline pilot) and three grandsons. I would like to hear from any of my classmates.
Ian Warrington commented
Hello- I was at Bingley 71-74 and studied drama and dance. Started out in Ascham then moved to.....but used to traipse over to E Morton quite a bit and had a lot of fun.
I think I'm going to join fb... and try to catchup after all these years.
Hi, I was at Bingley College from 1975 to 78. Afterwards, I got my B.E.D degree at Crewe & Alsager. I have some very fond memories. Mainly studied Science subjects. It is my intention to visit Bingley later this year. Love to know what has happened to passed friends!
Require more details on this fire from 1959- The Stage Newspaper reported on the fire in their 9th of June 1959 edition saying:- 'Fire, destroying the Royal, Hanley, in a three-hour blaze, on Thursday last, has deprived a community of 330,000 of its last professional theatre. Fred Peake, local bus service pioneer, who bought the Royal from a Potteries syndicate four years ago for £72,000, has assured our correspondent that he will "rebuild it, and be putting on shows at the earliest possible moment."
Rob Salt commented
Hi I have been researching my husbands mothers family tree of Ina Hughes Greensmith/Butler. Grandfather George Hughes of Vicarage Farm and Grandmother Ellen Lucas. I have lots of questions but firstly when did the Green man cease being a public house?
Searching for more information on when Barrie’s shut in Tontine street my uncle used to run the shop years ago