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Talke - A Forgotten Village

As you proceed north along the A34 towards the Cheshire border you will approach Talke traffic lights and on the left and right side of the road there are two areas of grassed land. This grassed area was once the village of Talke which was demolished during the mid 1970s. As it is today, you would not realise that this was once a thriving community. There was John Street which ran parallel to the A34, Thomas Street which still exists and Wesley Street which cut the corner between Coalpit Hill and the A34. These streets were named after the Methodist preacher John Thomas Wesley and within this community there was a chapel in Thomas Street on the corner with John Street, a church at the top of Thomas Street on the corner of Coalpit Hill and one in Wesley Street. The village was made up of mainly Victorian terraced houses, which had been built in the late 1800s, and had originally housed local pit and pottery workers. There were a number of local shops,... Read more

Never Forget

i was born in kidsgrove in 1958 at 42 gloucester rd my name is tony villella. i remember red rock,was very hard to climb and the black hills and the old tower.does any body remember the broken down church behind st johns,the grave yard scared the crap out of me.i still think of my friends carl barron was a good freind.yvonne morrisand caroline hamilton.left kidsgrove in 1973 and we moved to canada .i miss my kidsgrove

I Remember The House, The Church, The School Teacherd

I am just feeling old as none of my younger relatives even knew Leycett existed. I don't know what happened to everyone who lived there, all I want to know is about my dad's side of the family (Bloors) all his relatives....anything, I know so little.

Valco Icecream Palour

Italian born Goffredo Valco known to the locals as Alf was my great grandfather he along with his wife Maud owned and ran the icecream palour on the bottom on crown bank. I would love to hear any memories of my great grandparents and their business.


There was no other ice-cream to compare with Valcos. My grandma Mayer lived in Church Street, and a nice treat for me as a child to go to Valcos...Very happy times and the ice-cream parlour, may I say, holds many special memories to us Silverdale pensioners.

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