Bucknall to Cellarhead Through Time.pdf
This sequel to Cheddleton and District Through Time follows a similar route driven by Beckett's buses between 1930 and 1963. It starts in Bucknall, at the edge of the Stoke-on-Trent conurbation and travels along the A52, Werrington Road, to the boundary with the Staffordshire Moorlands. At this point the road becomes Ash Bank Road, climbing steeply to the village of Werrington. From there it continues to the junction with Rownall Road where it becomes Cellarhead Road. The final stretch covered is to Cellarhead crossroads where each of the four corners used to be occupied by a pub. Although often thought of as simply a route out of 'the city', this area, like everywhere else in England boasts a rich history. Bucknall appeared in the Domesday Survey of 1086 where it was called Buchnole. It possessed a variety of mills, and a large timber-framed house taken down in 1974 and rebuilt elsewhere. There are two grand gentleman's residences on 'Ash Bank' and a windmill at Werrington; altogether an area well worth looking at more closely.
Neil Collingwood was born in 1956 in Leek, Staffordshire. He developed an interest in local history following a period working as a museum attendant at Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Museum after obtaining his degree in Applied Biology. He soon discovered the archive collection of old photographs that the museum held and asked for permission to catalogue them on computer. Neil have given many talks on Newcastle-under-Lyme using both old photos and his own.