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Winton Square

A photo walk across Stoke Fields to Winton's Wood, Stoke-on-Trent
- the parish of St. Simon and St. Jude (Hanley)


The text for this "walk" around part of Shelton, Stoke-on-Trent has been kindly researched and provided by John Alcock

"This discourse was intended originally to be a brief study of the Church of England Parish of  St Simon and St Jude, Stoke-on-Trent, or St Jude's, Hanley to use its short title, and the one by which it was universally known throughout its relatively short life.
The study was prompted by nostalgia and affection, both common in those of a certain age, when I was searching for a way home through the latest road works and found myself in Shelton driving down College Road and along Station Road . Like my immediate forebears, I had been born, baptised, nurtured and educated in the Parish, only to leave for greener pastures as did many of my contemporaries. We left behind an ageing population of parents, aunts and uncles many of whom had dreamed of one day moving to Trentham or Barlaston or other such idyllic locations: few ever did. As I completed my research into the Parish, I began to realise that this was only the blink of an eye in the grand scheme of things, and that it should be seen in a much wider historical and geographical context.

It is not intended to be a 'text book', for that requires accuracy; rather is it a collection of well known, and some not so well known facts tempered with personal reminiscences and second hand or third hand anecdotes containing at least an element of fact. More importantly,  the reader should enjoy it and be amused by it, and for these reasons I commend it to residents old and new, and to Staffordshire University which is now a major influence in St. Jude's"

John Alcock - (c) Copyright 2006

The Dale, Alcock and Bates families at
Esme Dale's 18th Birthday Party

Start here: Start the tour here.........
or make a selection from the lists below:



  sections in the 'walk'

1 Introduction
2 The very early years - the times of the Romans and Normans
3 The early years - 1750 onwards
4 Canals
5 Railways and Chartists
6 St. Jude's Church and Town
7 The 'Incomers'
8 Parish Life
9 St. Jude's 1900-1939
10 Boyhood
11 The 1950's and decline

(the maps may take a few moments to load and will open up in another window)

Location map showing the area around St. Jude's
The Glebe Land belonging to Stoke Church
1898 OS map showing St. Jude's Church and surrounding area
1898 OS map showing Shelton Farm
1898 OS map showing St. Jude's Church, schools & mission hall