Gates

Well it is back to the gates! These were taken today and yesterday.

The first two yesterday afternoon in Smallthorne, Stoke-on-Trent on a breezy cooler day.

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The other two in Cobridge at 8.45 this morning. It was breezy, sunny cool in the wind quite hot in the sun.

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The two old gates are on an outbuilding of the Vicarage. Cobridge Church and the Vicarage are built of a yellowy brick which has absorbed the industrial dirt for well over a century. Cobridge is an interesting part of Stoke-on-Trent. It includes some of the finest houses in the area as it is where the wealthy pottery and business owners moved from Burslem and Hanley. It is featured in Arnold Bennett’s Clayhanger trilogy and some of the houses he describes can still be seen, though in an often decrepit state. In the past 60-70 years it has become one of the areas which are cheaper to live in and any new community usually moves there first.

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