Kidsgrove, The Shopping Centre c.1970

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Caption for Kidsgrove, The Shopping Centre C1970: This was in the days when supermarkets complemented high street shopping. Out of town shopping and subsequently deserted high streets were still some way off in the future.

An extract from Staffordshire Photographic Memories.

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I was born in Kkidsgrove in a place called Back Heathcote Street, we lived there until I was four years old. I remember going to the shop at the top of Heathcote Sstreet with my older sisters to buy sweets. We then moved to Millstone Avenue, Butlane. As a child Dad would walk us up to Mow Cop, where we spent many (...Read full memory)

Our Dad used to take us for a walk up to Mow Cop Castle on a sunny Sunday. We would set off from Talke with our bottle of pop and a jam butty and walk along the canal for a while then through the lanes in Scholar Green past the Three Horseshoes then up the steepest hill to the Castle. We would sit inside the round window at the (...Read full memory)

I used to play at and on 'red rocks' when I was a kid. My dad and my uncles had a pigeon cote nearby and we used to go there with him and then go and play on 'red rocks'. I once climbed to the top of the biggest one and couldn't get down, I had to wait for my older brother to come and rescue me. As far as I know they were huge pieces of clinker.

My husband Colin, has asked me to search for pictures of red rock in Kidsgrove near to Birchrnwood. He played there between 1973 and 1976 and wondered what the rocks were constructed from, due to their unusual colour, any photos or info would be great, thanks, Tina (a Goldenhill girl).

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Caption for Kidsgrove, The Shopping Centre C1970: This was in the days when supermarkets complemented high street shopping. Out of town shopping and subsequently deserted high streets were still some way off in the future.

An extract from Staffordshire Photographic Memories.

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