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Staffordshire Past Track

On Staffordshire Past Track you can explore photographs, images, film clips, maps and audio clips using a range of easy to use search tools. You can also visit a range of on-line exhibitons on aspects of Staffordshire's history. Managed by Staffordshire County Council's Archives & Heritage Service.
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Staffordshire Past TrackFriday, May 27th, 2016 at 12:11pm
Endon Well Dressing takes place this Bank Holiday weekend. Endon has the the longest tradition of well dressing in Staffordshire, beginning when the stone well head was built in 1845 at the expense of Thomas Heaton, a local landowner. The well dressing formerly took place on 29th May, 'Oak Apple Day'. The vicar added the crowning of a May Queen to the ceremony in 1868, together with a Church Service and maypole dancing. By 1906 the Endon Well Dressing had become a weekend-long event. in this 1911 photograph the May Queen, Miss Edna Brown, is on the 'throne'. The crowning of the May Queen is part of the Endon Well Dressing celebrations.
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Staffordshire Past TrackWednesday, May 25th, 2016 at 6:12pm
Trams existed before the advent of electricity to power efficient motors for tramcars. Usually, just one horse would be used, but this tram travelling between Hanley and Burslem pictured in about 1880 had to negotiate a steep hill between Vale Place and Cobridge. The horse drawn tram ran on iron rails the same as electric trams. There are lots more images of the Potteries (and trams!) on www.staffspasttrack.org.uk
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Staffordshire Past TrackMonday, May 23rd, 2016 at 5:08pm
All Saints' Church, Leigh, a watercolour by L.J. Wood, 1830s. One of the 'Staffordshire Views' held at the William Salt Library.
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Staffordshire Past TrackSaturday, May 21st, 2016 at 3:05pm
Photograph of John Salt, a Uttoxeter character who was known as 'America Jack' pictured in Oak Lane, Denstone in the 1930s.

Note the whitewash on his boots. For a living America Jack used to whitewash farmers' barns in the area around Uttoxeter. He was a familiar sight on the roads and villages round Uttoxeter in the 1930s, pushing an old pram full of buckets, brushes and lime with a Union Jack flying from the front.

John had been deported to Northern Canada in the late 19th century for poaching rabbits. When the Great War broke out convicts were offered a free pardon if they were willing to serve in the armed forces. Jack served with the Canadian Army in France. He served with distinction and at the end of the war he returned to England a free man. He then began his life of whitewashing farmers' barns. America Jack originally came from Prestwood near Ellastone. (Image courtesy Jim Foley and John Walker)
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Staffordshire Past TrackThursday, May 19th, 2016 at 6:00pm
School dinners in 1980! A new meals system being introduced at Hagley Park School, Burnthill Lane, Rugeley. A Rugeley Times photograph (courtesy of the Birmingham Post and the Landor Society).
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