This is part of my Streets Project, it was shot back in March on a grey gloomy day. Clay Hills is an old road running out of Tunstall down towards the Chatterley Valley, it isn’t very long and its name reflects the local pottery industry. To one side is Tunstall graveyard and to the other a series of blocks of flats, four in each building from the great days of council house building, now called social housing. They are set out to not too closely overlook each other down the hill and surrounded by well established trees.
James Brindley Way is probably the newest road in Tunstall, certainly the newest in this Streets Project taking in all the roads within half a mile of my flat. It is a long hill, a continuation of Reginald Mitchell Way bypassing Tunstall, cutting through some open land which is a mix of moorland, industrial wasteland and old clay pits. No-one lives on it, though at one end they have now built a pub/restaurant. It begins and ends at roundabouts, halfway along are turnoffs which are blocked off to proposed industrial estates, which hopefully will never be built and are used by taxis, police and so on for parking. The roadsides are full of wild flowers and grasses, the wasteland just left to grow wild and sometimes used by travellers to feed animals or very messily stop for short periods. The road is called after James Brindley one of the great 18th Century engineers who was central to the building of the local canals featured previously in this project to find out more http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Brindley. Click the images to enlarge.