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Lower John Street, Longton



- from the Lovatt Collections -


This photograph shows old terraced housing in John Street, Longton.  The John Street area was set back from the Longton High Street (Uttoxeter Road). Notice how close the housing is to the pot banks - the factories where the pottery ware was made and fired.  

The housing was amongst the worst in Stoke-on-Trent and was demolished in 1935. The fire Station now stands on this location.


 "In the Edensor district, in John Street, in Locketts Lane, and in the area round St. James's Church conditions in the later 19th century were probably as bad as anywhere in the Potteries. Even after the Second World War a square of thirteen houses at the junction of Normacot Road and Chelson Street was served by only one tap and one water-closet."

A History of the County of Stafford: Volume 8 (1963)


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