The next street in my Streets Project, trying to capture something of the feel of all 122 streets within half a mile of where I live is Chatterley Road. It is a road devoid of any charm, it begins at the very edge of Tunstall and goes down into the Chatterley valley to an undistinguished mini roundabout. They have built the Tunstall By-Pass across it, which featured previously. It will be old, probably no more than a track at one time, a short cut nowadays if you know where it leads. There are 4 houses on it and the recently built Gemini Industrial Park. As it leaves Tunstall on one side, much higher is the cemetery, on the other, rough useless land where clay was once dug, now the site of a pyramid sculpture. The day I chose to photograph (about 6 weeks ago) Chatterley Road the sky was polluted by sand from the Sahara and very low light, even at midday when these were taken, it felt right! There are bus stops, well and recently marked, and yet, no bus service. The road has much to hide, and things are hidden down here – behind bushes and trees, down and up embankments, security gates. There was a murdered woman’s body found a few years ago, and in Part 2 tomorrow, the ghost of a headless woman in what 250 years ago was an industrial super-highway!
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