Junction between Stubbs' Gate and London Road, Newcastle-under-Lyme

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Date:1900 - 1901 (c.)

Description:A very tranquil scene at the road junction between London Road and Stubbs' Gate. Note the lack of a solid road surface. Tarmac was not used in the town centre until about 1930, and does not appear in photographs of peripheral roads until around 1940.

Note too the gas lamp in the middle of the image. This would have been lit by a "lamplighter" each evening, and put out again the following morning. To the right of the image, you can just about make out a horse and cart heading towards Trent Vale. The terraced properties in the distance have long since been demolished, with the site now occupied by a modern retirement complex.

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Donor ref:PA 10079 (22/45471)

Source: Brampton Museum and Art Gallery, Newcastle under Lyme

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