Penkhull Street, heading towards its junction with Stubbs' Gate, Newcastle-under-Lyme

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Date:1940 - 1941 (c.)

Description:An almost unrecognisable scene compared to today's landscape.
At the top-left of the image, you can just about make out the roof of the Holy Trinity Catholic Church on the adjoining London Road.
The street shown in the foreground of this image was known as Penkhull Street.
The particular section depicted here was eventually amalgamated with Brook Lane (just out of shot in the distance) to form one continuous road of the same name, passing by the “Old Boat and Horse” public house and Newcastle gas works.

Of particular note in this image is the graffiti painted on the wall next to the two parked cars. It is almost illegible, but would appear to read “Freedom is in peril, defend it with all (y)our might” - a powerful reminder of world events in 1940. Indeed, it is just about possible to make out a cartoon depiction of Adolf Hitler at the top-left of the image, whose likeness is featured on a London Road billboard to advertise Bush radios.
The buildings and walls at the centre of this image no longer exist. Today (2021), the site is occupied by a large complex of flats.

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Source: Brampton Museum and Art Gallery, Newcastle under Lyme

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