Memories of Stoke-on-Trent people -
|My father, Edwin, was a policeman at Burslem Police Station, my mother, Winnie, worked in a small department store in Burslem. They'd emigrated from Yorkshire in the early 1940s.
We lived at 104 Scotia Road until I was eight in 1953, just after the Coronation.
picture: Google Street View
Occasional trains went along the track at the other side of the road, behind some hoardings carrying large adverts.
I could hear the roar of the Port Vale crowd from the house, so became an avid supporter during their greatest season 1953-54.
I used to walk past the ground to go to Jackfield Street Infants School. We played around Bycars Lake, and walked on it when it was covered in ice (always cracking under the strain).
At the bottom of Scotia Road there was a patch of land behind iron railings owned by the railway where we used to play cricket and have bonfires on 5 November with wood stolen from rival gangs plus any old wooden sleepers lying around.
We used to wander as 5 to 7 year olds across the wasteland facing the Bycars end of the Port Vale ground. Playing in marl holes, never quite slipping into the water, otherwise I wouldn't be writing this.
There was a Tizer depot across Scotia Road and a Territorial Army Depot a couple of hundred yards along the road towards Tunstall (where I went to school from the age of 7 - Forster Street School).
When I was five or maybe six I saw a television set for the first time - just saw it sitting there, not switched on or anything exciting like that. That came a couple of years later.
1922 map of Scotia Road and Bycars
blue line = Scotia Road
Light blue line = Bycars Road
Red area = where David Teale's house would be built
Purple line = corner of Burslem Park
Green circle = area where Port Vale football ground would be built