In the early 1960s, Stoke-on-Trent Archive Services commissioned local photographer Bert Bentley to document the changing face of the city. During that time the landscape of the city was changing with the demolition of old factories, public houses and rows upon rows of terraced streets in the council’s ‘slum clearance’ programme. In 2016, The archive service within Hanley Library allowed The Sentinel access to this vast collection in order to digitise the images, most of which hadn’t been seen for nearly 50 years, for future generations.
BERT BENTLEY ARCHIVE 1963/64 – MEIR – Meir Broadway , the roundabout.
Box Lane. View north of new Longton High School. Parkhall Colliery dirt tip to right.
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Box Lane. Meir Church Institute old library.
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Bright Street, view east from Gibson Place.
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View of crossroads at Broadway Junction, Meir.
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Off Brookwood Drive with Park Hall hills in the background.
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Pinewood Secondary Modern School on
Caverswall Lane. 6 of 24
Caverswall level crossing. Station house. Caverswall Lane.
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Chatsworth Place. Meir. B.P. Scout House.
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Cornelius Street. View east toward Weston Road.
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Kingsley Street, view north east from Stanton Road.
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Weston Coyney. View north east from Caverswall Road along Leek Road. Just over City boundary from Corner.
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Broadway. View toward roundabout from Sandon Road.
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Eastern end of Normacot tunnel, near Meir station. Stoke – Uttoxeter railway line.
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Weston Coyney. Sprosons Corner Cross Roads. This is the view from Parkhall Road down Caverswall Road. Leek Road is on the left and Weston Road to the right.
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Princess Drive. Weston Coyney Village Hall.
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Rennall Road and North Walk
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Grange Primary School off Grange Road/ Sandon Road.
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High School., Sandon Road, Meir.
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Penfleet Avenue. View west from Woodgate Street.
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The High School in Sandon Road. Meir.
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Services Centre 1964, in Saracens Way, o ff Sandon Road., Meir Health. 22 of 24
Sandon Road. Broadway Junction cross roads from Sandon Road.
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St. Augustine’s R.C. Church. Sandon Road. Opened in September 1957.
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