Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire

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

Old photographs of Stoke-on-Trent part 1

Pipes & Pictures: Published on 7 Jul 2017. Old pictures of Stoke-on-Trent part 1.

Stoke-on-Trent (often abbreviated to Stoke) is a city and unitary authority area in Staffordshire, England, with an area of 36 square miles (93 km2). Together with the neighbouring boroughs of Newcastle-under-Lyme and Staffordshire Moorlands, it is part of North Staffordshire, which, in 2011, had a population of 469,000.

Stoke is polycentric, having been formed by a federation of six towns in the early 20th century. It took its name from Stoke-upon-Trent, where the town hall and the railway station are located. Hanley is the primary commercial centre. The four other towns are Burslem, Tunstall, Longton and Fenton.

Stoke-on-Trent is the home of the pottery industry in England and is commonly known as the Potteries. Formerly a primarily industrial conurbation, it is now a centre for service industries and distribution centres.

Old photographs of Stoke-on-Trent part 3

Pipes & Pictures: Published on 16 Jul 2017. Old photographs of Stoke-on-Trent part 3.

North Staffordshire was a centre for coal mining. The first reports of coal mining in the area come from the 13th century. The Potteries Coalfield (part of the North Staffordshire Coalfield) covers 100 square miles (300 km2).

Striking coal miners in the Hanley and Longton area ignited the nationwide 1842 General Strike and its associated Pottery Riots.

When coal mining was nationalised in 1947, about 20,000 men worked in the industry in Stoke-on-Trent. Notable Collieries included Hanley Deep Pit, Trentham Superpit (formerly Hem Heath, Stafford and Florence Collieries), Fenton Glebe, Silverdale, Victoria, Mossfield, Parkhall, Norton, Chatterley Whitfield and Wolstanton. The industry developed greatly, and new investments in mining projects were planned within the City boundaries as recently as the 1990s. However, 1994 saw the last pit to close as the Trentham Superpit was shut.

The Stoke mining industry set several national and international records. Wolstanton Colliery, when modernised, had the deepest mining shafts in Europe at 3,197 ft. In 1933, Chatterley Whitfield Colliery became the first Colliery in the country to mine one million tons of coal. In the 1980s Florence Colliery in Longton repeatedly set regional and national production records; in 1992 the combined Trentham Superpit (Hem Heath and Florence) was the first mine in Europe to produce 2.5 million saleable tonnes of coal.

Today the mines are all closed, though the scars of mining still remain on the landscape. Slag heaps are still visible on the skyline, now covered with flora and fauna. The Chatterly Whitfield site reopened as a museum two years after its closure in 1976. The museum closed in 1991 and the site became a local nature reserve. It was declared a scheduled monument by English Heritage in 1993. The abandoned subterranean mines are inaccessible, though they still add complications to many building projects and occasionally cause minor tremors, detectable only by specialised equipment.

The Phoenix Trust, an independent not-for-profit foundation, is campaigning to turn Stoke-on-Trent and the wider North Staffordshire Coalfield into a World Heritage Site due to its historic economic significance, its leading role in the industrial revolution, and as the birthplace of Primitive Methodism.

Old photographs of Stoke-on-Trent part 4

Pipes & Pictures: Published on 10 Aug 2017. Old photographs of Stoke-on-Trent part 4.

Stoke City Football Club is a professional football club based in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England, that plays in the Premier League, the top flight of English football.

Founded as Stoke Ramblers in 1863 the club changed its name to Stoke in 1878 and then to Stoke City in 1925 after Stoke-on-Trent was granted city status. They are the second oldest professional football club in the world, after Notts County, and are one of the founding members of the Football League.

Their first, and to date only major trophy, the League Cup was won in 1972, when the team beat Chelsea 2–1. The club’s highest league finish in the top division is 4th, which was achieved in the 1935–36 and 1946–47 seasons. Stoke played in the FA Cup Final in 2011, finishing runners-up to Manchester City and have reached three FA Cup semi-finals; in 1899 then consecutively in 1971 and 1972. Stoke have competed in European football on three occasions, firstly in 1972–73 then in 1974–75 and most recently in 2011–12. The club has won the Football League Trophy twice, in 1992 and in 2000.

Stoke’s home ground is the bet365 Stadium, a 28,116 all-seater stadium. Before the stadium was opened in 1997, the club was based at the Victoria Ground, which had been their home ground since 1878. The club’s nickname is ‘The Potters’, named after the pottery industry in Stoke-on-Trent and their traditional home kit is a red and white vertically striped shirt, white shorts and stockings. Stoke’s traditional rivals are Midlands clubs West Bromwich Albion and Wolverhampton Wanderers whilst their local rivals are Port Vale with whom they contest the Potteries derby.

Old Photographs of Stoke-on-Trent Part 5

Pipes & Pictures: Published on 7 Nov 2017. Old Photographs of Stoke-on-Trent Part 5.

Hanley, in Staffordshire, England, is one of the six major towns that joined together to form the city.

Old Photographs of Stoke-on-Trent Part 10

Pipes & Pictures: Published on 28 Jun 2018. Old Photographs of Stoke-on-Trent Part 10.

Stoke-on-Trent (often abbreviated to Stoke) is a city and unitary authority area in Staffordshire, England, with an area of 36 square miles (93 km2). Together with the neighbouring boroughs of Newcastle-under-Lyme and Staffordshire Moorlands, it is part of North Staffordshire. In 2016, the city had a population of 261,302.

Stoke is polycentric, having been formed by the federation of six towns in 1910. It took its name from Stoke-upon-Trent where the main centre of government and the principal railway station in the district were located. Hanley is the primary commercial centre. The other four towns are Burslem, Tunstall, Longton, and Fenton.

Stoke-on-Trent is the home of the pottery industry in England and is commonly known as the Potteries, with the local residents known as Potters. Formerly a primarily industrial conurbation, it is now a centre for service industries and distribution centres.

Old Photographs of Stoke-on-Trent Part 15

Pipes & Pictures: Published on 28 May 2019. Old Photographs of Stoke-on-Trent Part 15

Hanley, in Staffordshire, England, is a constituent town of Stoke-on-Trent. Hanley was incorporated as a municipal borough in 1857 and became a county borough with the passage of the Local Government Act 1888. In 1910, along with Burslem, Tunstall, Fenton, Longton and Stoke-upon-Trent, it was federated into the county borough of Stoke-on-Trent. Hanley was the only one of the six towns to be a county borough before the merger; its status was transferred to the enlarged borough. In 1925, following the granting of city status, it became one of the six towns that constitute the City of Stoke-on-Trent.

Hanley is the de facto city centre having long been the commercial hub of the city of Stoke-on-Trent. It is home to the Potteries Shopping Centre and many high street chain stores.

THE POTTERIES, STOKE-ON-TRENT – old photos & soundtrack

Zigatone: Published on 2 Feb 2017. Old pictures of the Pot Banks, the people & the smoke of Stoke-on-Trent UK.

Stoke On Trent Tunstall – a trip down memory lane part 2

Our Life through the lens: Published on 27 May 2019.

pictures of stoke on Trent.

Tomlinson242: Published on 4 Aug 2012. These pictures are from 1890 to 1990.

Stoke On Trent – Hanley…as it once was.

Our Life through the lens: Published on 13 Jun 2019. Montage latter half 20th c photos.

Old Pictures of Stoke-on-Trent (Early 1950’s to 2015)

Ste Cluz: Published on 23 Oct 2016.

Bentilee (Stoke-on-Trent) Staffordshire 1968 – 2000

Ste Cluz: Published on 19 Nov 2017.

Coal Mining In Stoke

Old coal mine in Stoke-On-Trent

Peter Evanson: Published on 6 Sep 2018. One of the many old coal mines around the Stoke-On-Trent area that unfortunately no longer exist.

Stoke-On-Trent In The 1920s

King George V and Queen Mary visit Stoke on Trent 5th June 1925

Andrew Brunt: Published on 2 Jun 2017. 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.

Stoke-On-Trent In The 1930s

Stoke On Trent (1939)

British Pathé: Published on 13 Apr 2014. Full titles read: “STOKE ON TRENT”.

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.

Stoke-On-Trent In The 1950s

Canal scenes in the Potteries (1950s) Beulah_Library_Roll_F3-17

Bogglesham: Published on 12 Jun 2012. 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.

Hometown – Stoke (1959)

British Pathé: Published on 13 Apr 2014. Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire.

Stoke-On-Trent In The 1960s


Melanie Selstrom: Published on 17 May 2019. A short film about Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire by Kathleen and Ken Jupp, 1960.

The Six Towns in the Potteries Documentary Stoke-on-Trent 1960

Ste Cluz: Published on 27 Mar 2018. 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.

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

Ste Cluz: Published on 31 Oct 2016. ABC Cinema Hanley.

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.

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.

60’s Stoke.mpg

Ian Curtis: Published on 5 Jul 2012.

Stoke-On-Trent In The 1970s

HANLEY In the 1960s & 70s

derek hulme: Published on 3 Feb 2016.

Jollees NightClub – Longton (STOKE-ON-TRENT) in 1970’S

Ste Cluz: Published on 30 Oct 2016. Jollees was a nightclub in Longton in the 70’s. Here are flashback pictures from back in the day. Gone but not forgotten!

Stoke-On-Trent In The 1980s

National Garden Festival Stoke on Trent 1986

Howard Dixon: Published on 25 Apr 2016.

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.

This film also features in the documentary; “Stoke-on-Film, 1980s”, produced by Ray Johnson.

Stoke-on-Trent 1980s

David Bradbury: Published on 20 Jan 2010. Section of a video showing the building of the New Victoria Theatre, Basford.

Stoke-On-Trent In The 1990s

British Rail–Stoke-on-Trent January 1990

Soi Buakhao: Published on 15 Sep 2018.

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! 

Shelleys NYE 1990-1991

Kineticstomp: Published on 1 Oct 2006. Sasha, Daz Willot Live @ Shelleys NYE 1990-1991 the last tune – or is it?

Staffordshire Funfairs during the 1990s

Tigeriffic46: Published on 11 Jan 2011.

Shelleys Nightclub (Stoke, UK)

TedAcid: Published on 26 Jan 2008. News report on police activity around Shelley’s in the early 90s, featuring a frank interview with the owner, John Matthews.

Shelley’s Amnesia House 18.04.92 (pt1)

ShaneCalton: Published on 6 Mar 2012.

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!

Stoke In The 21st Century

Staffordshire Uni to Sovereign House walkthrough, Stoke-on-Trent 2000

Published on 24 Jun 2009 by digitalnexus.

A tour of Stoke-on-Trent

Jimmy Nizzle: Published on 6 Aug 2007.

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.


Su001915: Published on 6 Dec 2008. 2008 footage around Hanley

Redevelopment of Stoke-On-Trent city centre

Andrew Stuart: Published on 26 Jan 2010. A package about proposed plans for Stoke-On-Trent city centre, Hanley, to be redeveloped.

Stoke-on-Trent – Regenerates a new bus station goes underway

BhamUrbanNewsUK: Published on 21 Jul 2011. This piece first broadcast on 18 Jul 2011. Televised on UK’s regional television ITV1 Central. Programme (Program) — Central Tonight.

Stepping Back in Time Hanley

David Bourne: Published on 31 Jan 2014. A historical look at Hanley and how it has changed.

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