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Beer Delivery at the Black Lion

Barrels of beer are delivered to the Black Lion in 1957. The pub, at Consall Forge, Staffordshire, was built to serve workers in the local limestone industry that was carried on in the Churnet Valley ...

Black Five at Oakamoor tunnel

British Railways 'Black Five' locomotive number 45020 emerges from Oakamoor tunnel with a passneger service in around 1960. Stanier 'Black Fives' were a popular engine choice for mixed traffic, being ...

'Black Five' bound for Llandudno

British Railways 'Black Five' 4-6-0 locomotive number 45045 prepares to meet a rake of coaches at Leek railway station. Together, they will form a service bound for Llandudno in North Wales - a long-standing ...

Bolton's copper works

Bolton's Copper Works at Froghall, around 1950. The works stands next to the Churnet Valley Railway. Although freight is now carried by road, the line now operates as a heritage railway, museum and ...

Bolton's copper works

Sidings at Bolton's Copper Works, Froghall, during the mid-1960s. Drums of copper wire stand on the empty tracks. Wire manufactured both here and at Oakamoor would form the first Trans-Atlantic telegraph ...

Bolton's copper works

Thomas Bolton's copper works provided much employment in the village of Froghall. The railway was essential in order to transport wound copper wire out of the valley and to destinations all over Britain ...

Boltons Copper Works, Frog Hall, Kingsley

Thomas Bolton & Sons set up a copper works at nearby Oakamoor in 1852-3. By 1890 there was no more room for expansion at Oakamoor so they began building at Froghall. Major extensions followed in the 1930s, ...

Bolton's Copper Works, Froghall, Kingsley

Thomas Bolton & Sons set up a copper works at nearby Oakamoor in 1852-3. By 1890 there was no more room for expansion at Oakamoor so they began building at Froghall. Major extensions followed in the 1930s, ...

Bosley station

Bosley Station, Cheshire, pictured around 1963 and still in use. Note the Ford Anglia saloon car, the equivalent of a Ford Ka today! A semaphore railway signal stands to the left of the building. This ...

Bridge over the River Churnet

Two smartly-dressed Edwardian men pose on a bridge spanning the River Churnet. The walkway appears to be supported by a sturdy tree trunk spanning the two river banks. As the river is prone to flooding, ...

Building Cheddleton Asylum

The asylum at Cheddleton in Staffordshire was built to serve the Pottery towns and the area surrounding Leek. Patients were referred to as "inmates", and anyone from people with a "mild affliction" ...

Caldon Canal at Wall Grange

The Caldon Canal and Churnet Valley Railway at Wall Grange, near Cheddleton. The lane is Sutherland Road.

Caldon Canal, Consall

A view of the River Churnet where the Caldon Canal (left) separates from the River Churnet (on the right). Beyond can be seen the bridge which carries the Churnet Valley Railway over the canal, and in ...

Captured German Field Gun, Froghall

This captured field gun is strapped on the back of a railway wagon, pictured on the Froghall Junction line between Froghall Junction and Froghall Wharf in the Churnet valley. The sign attached to the ...

Charles Bunting steam truck

This steam truck was operated by Charles Bunting Limited, a firm of breakers based in Uttoxeter. Steam trucks were closely related to the heavy traction engines often used in agriculture between 1840 ...

Cheddleton Asylum Christmas party

Cheddleton Asylum Christmas party. A Merry Christmas to All! The asylum was built circa 1895 and was in use up until the 1990s. This image is included by kind permission of the Churnet Valley ...

Cheddleton Asylum foundation stone

Dignitaries lay the foundation stone at Cheddleton asylum in Staffordshire. The Victorians had a genuine awareness of mental illness, and Cheddleton asylum had an excellent record of patient care. This ...

Cheddleton Railway Station

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This is a film taken around 1960 by Alan Williamson of Endon. It shows the station at Cheddleton, near Leek, and typical scenes of a train coming in, the mail being deposited, children on the platform ...