St.Aidan’s Street

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My Streets Project continues with St.Aidan’s Street, an unassuming, scruffy in parts, street in Tunstall which leads between High Street up a hill towards one end of Summerbank Road. It is mainly terraced houses, with half one side of the street taken up with the derelict Royal Doulton factory, demolished many years ago and gradually going wild. At the High Street end is Rupyals which is a petrol station and take-away and once the site of a Catholic church, with a large house behind, presumably part of the church, and there’s a small garage and not much else, except its history. Before the amalgamation of the six pottery towns into Stoke-on-Trent St.Aidan’s Street was Sun Street, and the street name is still on the side of a house, also the name of a street in Hanley ‘infamous’ for Sun Street Stadium, and during the First World War Sun Street in Tunstall was bombed during a Zeppelin raid on North Staffordshire, a fact I didn’t know until Jem Shaw wrote a piece and read it at Renegade Writers. A report of the raid can be found in an article in the local paper (The Sentinel). 100 years later there is no sign of the event.

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