Sunday, 31 July 2011

Stoke is so sad

I always find Stoke a fascinating but sad and sorry place to boat through. Fascinating because there are so many remnants of its old industries - the bottle kilns, the wharves, the ruined brick warehouses. Sad because that's all they are - remnants.
People have told me of cruising through the town when steel furnaces spat fire along the canal and the kilns belched smoke. What a sight that must have been!
All that has gone, the warehouses are deserted ruins, the kilns silent museum pieces and for nearly a mile the canal runs through a wasteland; a bulldozed desert of nothingness.
I know things have to change but in Stoke they seem to have just changed for the worst; those lifeblood industries have gone but nothing much seems to have replaced them.
It's a story one sees across so much of the old industrial heart of England.

2 comments:

davidoakesimages said...

It isn't as if Stoke and the Potteries haven't tried. The new road network is good, links to motorways excellent. The Festival park was sipposed to breath new life into the area as part of the regeneration scheme but sadly the legacy is only the marina and Brindley Place. Distribution is the 'new' industry which will never ever replace the skills and crafts that once abounded in the area.

Mr Lonely said...

walking here with a smile.. have a nice day ~ =D

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