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Biddle's Stores, Brook Square, Rugeley

A view taken in Brook Square looking towards Lower Brook Street in Rugeley. On the left is Biddle’s Stores which started business in 1850. The decorations by the upper floor windows suggest that at ...

Biddulph Grange Orthopaedic Hospital, Ward 1

This picture shows children outside the hospital wards in the summer time, when they were nursed in the fresh air. The house was given originally to Stoke-on-Trent council, but after a short period it ...

Birch Lane, Brereton, Rugeley

Birch Lane is in Brereton which at this time was more distinctly separated from Rugeley. Earlier council houses are on the left (built between the Wars) with newer ones on the right dating from the 1950s....

Birchenfields Farm, Armitage

Birchenfields Farm in Bardy Lane. This Grade 2 listed building dates from the 17th century and is timber-framed on a stone plinth. This image is taken from a glass negative.

Black Cocktail Dress, 1950s

This 1950s black cocktail dress would have been all the rage in its day. Fuller skirts became popular in the 1950s because of the end of rationing. Women wanted less utilitarian fashion and Christian ...

Black Corselet, 1940s - 1950s

Corselets are a combination of bra and corset. The corselet came about in around 1914 as women did not want to wear both a corset and a bra. This is a later example from the 1940s or 1950s when they ...

Black Evening Bag, c.1920 -1930

This small bag is made out of black crepe fabric with a circular diamante clasp. It has a short fabric handle and is a little worn from use along the top edge.

Black Paisley Shawl, c.1840-1880

This beautiful shawl is made out of black silk with a coloured paisley pattern covering the entire piece and a fringe trim. Paisley shawls were in fashion for nearly 100 years from around 1780 to 1870s. ...

Black Straw Poke Bonnet, c.1850-1880

This example is made out of straw and is trimmed in lace and feathers. A beautiful floral decoration on the left hand side breaks up the dark colouring and makes it less formal. The cotton ribbon ...

Blood donors, Lotus Ltd, Stafford

A new use was found for the sports pavilion at the Stafford factory of Lotus Ltd., which was usually the venue for many social functions. This picture presented an unusual scene when a mobile unit from ...

Blue and White Clasp Bag, c.1920-1970

This handbag is made out of small metal discs sewn on to a metal frame with a metal chain. The bag is made entirely out of metal and was used as evening wear, as the bag is quite small. We're not entirely ...

Blue Cotton Shawl, c.1850-1880

This shawl is made out of blue cotton with a red woven pattern around the edge and blue tassels.

Blue Wedding Dress, 1920s

This wedding dress was worn by Lucy Harvey when she married Bill Hughes in the 1920s. It demonstrates the flapper style of the ‘Roaring Twenties.’ It is shorter in length and would have been worn ...

Blythe Bridge Road, Rough Close. Photographed by William Blake.

Street scene taken at Blythe Bridge Road, Rough Close, Nr. Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire.

Bodice with leg o'mutton sleeves, c.1895-1906

At the turn of the century people started to move away from the extravagance of the previous decades, as the crinoline and bustle died away. Instead people went with a more A-line silhouette and to make ...

Bolehall Swifts Football Club, Tamworth

Bolehall Swifts Football Club 1959 Belgium Tour. Photograph taken on the Amington Inn car park with the coach in background which took team and club members to Belgium. Players are (left to right): ...

Bon Marche, Tean

Pictured are members of the Johnson family outside the Bon Marche General Stores on the corner of Hollington Road and Uttoxeter Road in Upper Tean. With Frances Verian Johnson (then aged 52) are her daughters ...

Bonehill House, Tamworth

Bonehill House, near the north end of Drayton Park, was the seat of Mrs. Peel, relict of the late Edmund Peel, Esq., who died in November 1850 a few months after his brother Robert Peel. The Peel family’s ...