Stoke-On-Trent became a city in 1910 by amalgamating 6 Staffordshire towns. Internationally renowned for its pottery trade, the city is commonly called the Potteries. As manufacturing declined, footage moves its focus across to the daily lives and leisure of the city’s local residents.
The National Garden Festival took place on the city’s largest derelict industrial site between May and October 1986.
Stoke Through the Ages
“THE POTTERIES, STOKE-ON-TRENT – old photos & soundtrack“
Old pictures of the Pot Banks, the people & the smoke of Stoke-on-Trent UK.
Uploaded to YouTube by Zigatone on 2 Feb 2017.
“Stoke On Trent Tunstall – a trip down memory lane part 2“
Uploaded to YouTube on 27 May 2019 by Our Life through the lens
“pictures of stoke on Trent.“
These pictures are from 1890 to 1990.
Uploaded to YouTube by Tomlinson242 on 4 Aug 2012.
“Stoke On Trent – Hanley…as it once was.“
Montage of photographs from the latter half of the 20th century.
Uploaded to YouTube by Our Life through the lens on 13 Jun 2019.
“Old Pictures of Stoke-on-Trent (Early 1950’s to 2015)“
Uploaded to YouTube by Ste Cluz on 23 Oct 2016.
“Bentilee (Stoke-on-Trent) Staffordshire 1968 – 2000“
Posted to YouTube by Ste Cluz on 19 Nov 2017.
Coal Mining In Stoke
“Old coal mine in Stoke-On-Trent“
One of the many old coal mines around the Stoke-On-Trent area that unfortunately no longer exist.
Posted to YouTube by Peter Evanson on 6 Sep 2018.
Stoke-On-Trent In The 1920s
“King George V and Queen Mary visit Stoke on Trent 5th June 1925“
The historic moment that Stoke-on-Trent became a city!
King George V and Queen Mary visit Stoke Town Hall on 5 June 1925 to confer the title and status ‘city’ on the county borough of Stoke-on-Trent.
Posted to YouTube by Andrew Brunt on 2 Jun 2017.
Stoke-On-Trent In The 1930s
“Stoke On Trent (1939)“
Various shots of the Queen Mary (Princess of Teck) in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire (the Potteries) to visit the Wedgwood factories. She is greeted by large crowds of people. M/S’s of potters making pots.
Uploaded to YouTube by British Pathé on 13 Apr 2014.
Stoke-On-Trent In The 1950s
“Canal scenes in the Potteries (1950s) Beulah_Library_Roll_F3-17“
16mm Kodachrome footage shot in the 1950s of the Trent and Mersey canal in the Potteries. Excellent shots of canal children playing in an industrial landscape.
Bogglesham uploaded this video to YouTube on 12 Jun 2012.
“Hometown – Stoke (1959)“
Uploaded to YouTube by British Pathé on 13 Apr 2014.
Stoke-On-Trent In The 1960s
“THE BURSLEM SCHEME 1960“
A short film about Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire by Kathleen and Ken Jupp, 1960.
Posted to YouTube by Melanie Selstrom on 17 May 2019.
“The Six Towns in the Potteries Documentary Stoke-on-Trent 1960“
In 1910 six Potteries towns came together to form the city of Stoke on Trent. Fifty years later we find their individuality and old rivalries still alive and well.
Posted to YouTube by Ste Cluz on 27 Mar 2018.
Introduced by a windswept Eric Ball: “50 years ago this was smothered in smoke” (actually in March 1960 it still looks pretty smoky) this commemorative film produced by ATV celebrates the six towns that make up Stoke on Trent. Each jostled for prominence in 1910, Burslem going as far as building a new town hall, but lost out to Stoke in the civic race. Hanley has the shops and a new civic centre on the way and Longton the potteries but each retains its historic importance.
Locations in the video include Stoke, Tunstall, Burslem, Longton, Hanley, and Fenton.
Documentary From 1960 – Remastered By SteCluz 2018.
“ABC Cinema – Hanley Stoke-on-Trent A look back from 1963“
Built in 1963, the ABC cinema in Broad Street, Hanley, became a regular attraction amongst many movie enthusiastic Potters, waiting to catch a glimpse of the latest release, mainly on a weekend. For many, it provided the ideal night out, and for many more, it was a perfect day out to watch a matinee.
Posted to YouTube by Ste Cluz on 31 Oct 2016.
There had also been a 10-pin bowling alley next door when the cinema opened, which later became a night club and then later a casino, when the bowling craze declined. You could find all the entertainment you needed for the night, right there.
On the outside, the building wasn’t really captivating or attractive, but, on the inside, it was a different story. The staff was always gracious in the way they made you feel welcome, as they offered the highest standard of service. The usherettes never complained about assisting their visitors to the correct picture room.
The service counter and ticket office were there as you walked in. You didn’t have to take a second look for assistance. It was right there on hand. Even when it was cold, as well as the heating provided, the atmosphere used to warm you up, in this predominantly red coloured cinema house.
Now gone but not forgotten.
Posted to YouTube by Ian Curtis on 5 Jul 2012.
Stoke-On-Trent In The 1970s
“HANLEY In the 1960s & 70s“
Posted to YouTube by derek hulme on 3 Feb 2016.
“Jollees NightClub – Longton (STOKE-ON-TRENT) in 1970’S“
Jollees was a nightclub in Longton in the 70’s. Here are flashback pictures from back in the day. Gone but not forgotten!
Uploaded to YouTube by Ste Cluz on 30 Oct 2016.
Stoke-On-Trent In The 1980s
“National Garden Festival Stoke on Trent 1986“
The National Garden Festival on this site between May and October 1986 is a very important event for Stoke-on-Trent. First of all it will see the restoration and reclamation of this 180 acre site – one of the biggest derelict sites in the West Midlands. Secondly, it will show Stoke’s ability to host a national event of this colossal nature. It will also heighten the tourist awareness of this part of England and show the sort of delights they can have during their holiday times. It will also, of course, bring commercial people to this area who may not otherwise come. And they will see its access and its position in Britain as being a tremendous asset to their business. Above all, the National Garden Festival will herald a commercial renaissance in Stoke-on-Trent and should trigger considerable commercial investment on this site and enhance the commercial future of this community.”
Posted to YouTube by Howard Dixon on 25 Apr 2016.
This film also features in the documentary; “Stoke-on-Film, 1980s”, produced by Ray Johnson.
Stoke-On-Trent In The 1990s
“British Rail–Stoke-on-Trent January 1990“
A vid from 1990 at Stoke-on-Trent. A nice variety of traction, loco-hauled passenger trains both diesel & electric, class 304 & 310 EMUs, Sprinters and class 20s & 37s on freight. And see how many MkI coaches you can spot. Even in a MkIII rake, there are MkI buffet vehicles!
Posted to YouTube by Soi Buakhao on 15 Sep 2018.
“Shelleys NYE 1990-1991“
Sasha, Daz Willot Live @ Shelleys NYE 1990-1991.
Posted to YouTube by Kineticstomp on 1 Oct 2006.
“Staffordshire Funfairs during the 1990s“
Uploaded to YouTube by Tigeriffic46 on 11 Jan 2011.
“Shelleys Nightclub (Stoke, UK)“
News report on police activity around Shelley’s in the early 1990s, featuring a frank interview with the owner, John Matthews.
Posted to YouTube by TedAcid on 26 Jan 2008.
“Shelley’s Amnesia House 18.04.92 (pt1)“
The club that defined a generation the infamous Shelley’s in Stoke-on-Trent, where ravers of all ages and from all walks of life gathered every weekend to party, party, party. The atmosphere in Shelley’s was truly amazing!
Posted to YouTube by ShaneCalton on 6 Mar 2012.
Stoke In The 21st Century
“Staffordshire Uni to Sovereign House walkthrough, Stoke-on-Trent 2000“
Uploaded to YouTube on 24 Jun 2009 by digitalnexus.
“A tour of Stoke-on-Trent“
I made this whilst bored on a summer evening in 2007. My plan was to visit all the towns which make up Stoke-on-Trent in one continuous drive.
Posted to YouTube by Jimmy Nizzle on 6 Aug 2007.
2008 footage around Hanley.
Posted to YouTube by Su001915 on 6 Dec 2008.
“Redevelopment of Stoke-On-Trent city centre“
About redevelopment proposals for Stoke-On-Trent city centre, Hanley.
Posted to YouTube by Andrew Stuart on 26 Jan 2010.
“Stoke-on-Trent – Regenerates a new bus station goes underway“
This piece first broadcast on 18 Jul 2011. Televised on UK’s regional television ITV1 Central. Programme (Program) — Central Tonight.
Posted to YouTube by BhamUrbanNewsUK on 21 Jul 2011.
“Stepping Back in Time Hanley“
Uploaded to YouTube by David Bourne on 31 Jan 2014.
A historical look at Hanley and how it has changed.
More Staffordshire pages:
- Burton upon Trent: Looking Back At Recent History
- Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
- Leek: Local History In Old Photos & Film
Thanks to Steve Buissinne from Pixabay for the photo at the top of this page.