Newcastle-under-Lyme in old picture postcards volume 1

Newcastle-under-Lyme in old picture postcards volume 1

:   Paul Bemrose
:   Staffordshire
:   United Kingdom
:   978-90-288-2455-3
:   128
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69. In common with most other parts of the industrialised Midlands and the North during the General Strike of 1926, this area suffered hardship and depravation on a large scale. Fortunately at least fuel to keep warm was literally available 'for the picking' at many pit-he ad tips. This became a crucial pass-time for many unemployed families during the period. This picture shows family groups of coal piekers at Apedale, 1926.

70. The demand for town gas was increasing as a resu1t of domestic and industrial demand. The private1y owned Brook Street plant was bought out by the borough council in 1880. Surprisingly, the corporation was soon ab1e to extend gas supplies and even sell gas at a reduced rate. Newcastle was one of the first towns in the country to possess street lighting, The first gas undertaking was built at Rye Croft but in 1855 the Brook Street gas works was erected and continued in operation until its demise after World War II. We see gas purifiers being instailed ab out 1930.

71. Public transport was of course not confined to the roadways. In September 1852 the North Staffordshire Railway Company opened Newcastle Station in King Street. The station entrance was immediately opposite the present Borough Arms Hotel frontage. The line had been brought from Stoke to join up with the older Silverdale and Newcastle Railway at Knutton Junction. Now a leisure walkway with nothing to indicate that the area was once a bustling railway station, this is how the station and its track appeared in 1900.

72. The sentiments of the writer may be correct, but at least the card clearly shows the layout of the tramway in the High Street. The view further illustrates a tidier street market layout and another good shot of the 'Stones'.

73. A finely detailed study of one of the oompany's trams. Newcastle became the centre of routes in the western section through which a large proportion of the 'P.E.T.'s one hundred vehicles operated .

/;1andley&.Vnelt, Newcastle Staf'''~·.

74. Track in the main consisted of single line stretches with passing loops. The High Street was in fact the systems southerly tram terminus and at the junction of Weil Street with Penkhull Street (now the Grosvenor Roundabout) there was a reversing loop. The Newcastle service connected with Chesterton, Silverdale, Hanley, Stoke, Wolstanton, Longport and Burslem.

75. Onee the tramways had beeome obso1eseent in the late twenties, it soon became c1ear that a bus station wou1d have to be provided for the convenience of the omnibus and charabanc user. So many were the private companies and so diverse their routes, that a joint bus terminus came into being not before time in 1932. The 'Beeehes', Liverpool Road, before conversion to the town's first bus station about 1924.

76. Early morning at Newcastle Station 1902. A member of the 'Knotty' staff and one or two admiring spectators. This study commemorates what is believed to be the first occasion that town gas was used to illuminate a display hoarding, in this case decorated for the Coronation of King Edward VII.

77. Station Staff, 1910 resplendent in their distinctive 'Knotty' caps.

78. Wen contrived propaganda of World War IJ. The town acted as host to a number of Be1gian refugee families throughout the 1914-1918 period. 10th November 1914 was a red-letter day for some of the Belgians, because the mayor and mayoress organised a charabanc trip for them. The run was to Swinnerton via Loggerheads and Trentham! In 1917, there was also a civic reception at the Guildhall. A Pathé Frère newsree1 showing the obvious1y bored Belgians arriving at the outset in two very uncomfortab1e looking vehicles. The film was tit1ed 'Our guests the Brave little Belgians' and screened in cinemas throughout the country.

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