Stoke-on-Trent - photo of the week

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Time with Granddad


"Time with Grandad"
"Time with Granddad"

picture : Vicky Mount.


This week, not a photo but a stunning painting by renowned artist Vicky Mount - the painting captures the plethora of kilns with the closely knit terrace houses, cheek by jowl with the pottery works. The picture is an idealised picture based on the slum dwellings in Lower John Street, Longton.

Vicky Mount and other artists can be found exhibiting at theartbay gallery in Christchurch Street, Fenton.


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Lower John Street, Longton c.1929-31 
Lower John Street, Longton c.1929-31 

- from the Lovatt Collection -


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)



see more on working conditions in the 1840's


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