As people have been asking a large number of questions regarding the history of Whitehill Road, I felt that it would be useful to create a map which shows how the road has changed. I will try and update this, as we get more information about the local area.
This is not to scale and all locations are only estimates.
The Kidsgrove Loop Line is what is now known in the Kidsgrove area as the "old railway line". Today in Kidsgrove you can walk along the line from Tesco in Kidsgrove all the way through to Tunstall. This line used to be a key transport link in The Potteries, which today is only evident is certain parts of the area. We have kindly been provided with some photographs of the Loop Line which were taken in the Kidsgrove, Birchenwood and Newchapel areas of the line.
The owner of the photos is unsure of the exact locations, some we can work out, however others I personally have no idea over the location. If you can help, please get in touch.
Kidsgrove Train Station. Not much has actually changed to this day.
A view taken showing the area of Parklands estate. Top left hand corner shows the section of Whitehill Road which leads from the top of Heathcote Street/Attwood Rise. The middle of the photograph left hand side shows the smallest of the 2 coal spoil heaps which youngsters used to play on because it was the easiest to climb. The larger of the two was situated at the far end of the Birchenwood playing fields and was a feat in itself to climb to the top. Childred used to slide down on pieces of tin or coal bags but they had to be careful not to end up in the pool below. The pool at the other side of the spoil heap looked like something out of Mars. It was deep, yellow in colour and gave off a very foul smell. All youngsters were warned of the dangers of this pool. Many happy hours were spent playing in this area.