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My name is Tom, I’m based in Stoke-on-Trent.

The purpose of this website is for me to have somewhere to publish my “stuff”, whether it be exploring reports, photography in general or just something else that’s random but in my opinion worthy of putting online." itemprop="description"/>

Savoy Cinema/Metropolis Nightclub, Newcastle-under-Lyme - October 2016 / The Met - October 2019

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Now the building that used to stand on this site was originally a cinema, it later went through the fairly standard conversion into a bingo club, before getting a bit of snooker and a smaller cinema, finally ending up as a nightclub. For the majority of my life time it's been shut and it was Read more

Sandonia Cinema, Stafford - October 2019

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This was one of those irritating local places that just always seemed to be impossible to get inside! Obviously I'd seen Speed's reports from way back when which showed the inside was largely stripped out, so of course it was never going to be a top of the list item. We were down in Stafford on a Read more

Erecting Shop/10 Shop, Crewe Locomotive Works - September 2019

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Crewe Works is a British railway engineering facility built in 1840 by the Grand Junction Railway. It is located in the town of Crewe, in Cheshire. It is currently owned by Bombardier Transportation. At its height, Crewe Works employed over 20,000 people; in 2005 fewer than 1,000 remained on site, Read more

King Edward VI Boys Grammar School, Stafford - October 2019

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The Free Grammar School of King Edward VI was first established in Stafford in 1550 to provide free education to young boys. In 1862 a new building was erected for the school on Newport Road and would serve as the home of the boys' grammar school for over 100 years. Stafford Girls' High School was Read more

Sutherland Chambers, Stoke on Trent - October 2019

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Some history of the building, produced by local historian Andrew Dobraszczyc. Sutherland Chambers in Stoke were built by William Jackson in 1899. Jackson was a publican owning the neighbouring Grapes Public House and also the nearby Glebe Hotel. In 1898 he engaged local architects and surveyors Read more

Bretby Brick & Stoneware Company (Klondyke Works), Swadlincote - October 2019

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All credit to _motionlessinmike for this one, I've not seen it crop up on here before so props to him and his local knowledge. Obviously being from the Potteries I just can't help but love pot banks, that being said I've never really ventured to Derby which also has an extensive pottery history, Read more

Peggy Davies Ceramics (formerly St Luke's/Wellington County Infants' School), Stoke on Trent - October 2019

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This one is quite an interesting place, it started life in 1893 as the Wellington County Infant's School and in 1982 it became Hanley St Luke’s C of E Aided Primary School. It was closed in 2001 after a new extension was built onto the adjacent junior school. At some point afterwards the Read more

Top Bridge Works (Price and Kensington), Stoke on Trent - September 2019

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For whatever reason in the years that I've been doing this I'd never actually had a serious look at this place, I guess it just never really looked worth the effort, but I think I was wrong really, I probably should have had a look years ago when it wasn't so wet. It's one of those weird places Read more
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