Goldenhill was full of life with pubs, shops and a cafe with a jukebox
MADAM , – I first moved to Sandyford, Goldenhill, in October, 1953, when I was nine years old.
My family moved there from Park Road, Burslem – my mum, dad and two brothers. My eldest brother was married and lived at May Bank and my elder sister was married and lived at Norton.
I first attended Goldenhill Church School, moving on to the Secondary Modern, Goldenhill, where a gentleman named Mr Light was the headmaster. Also, there was Miss Foskett, Miss Adams, Mr Bailey, Mr Heath, Miss Walsh, Mrs Durose.
I remember Mr Dale and Miss Adams taking our form class to Germany. We stayed at a place called Andernach.
I enjoyed going to the school where I made many friends.
I remember as you turned out of Maureen Avenue onto the High Street, there was Plant's butcher's, and next door, a grocer's shop.
Crossing over Colclough Lane, there was a small row of terraced houses on the High Street, leading up to West's grocery shop, where June, my friend, lived with her family and her Uncle Tom, who bred dogs. He kept them across the main road at a rag-and-bone yard, which was somewhere at the back of The Globe pub. Many of the men who worked there you could have a good laugh with in Evans Cafe, where many people hung out at night until closing, drinking tea and coffee, playing the music on the jukebox.
I also remember the picture house which was very popular with everyone. Also Steele's clothes shop, which was very modern in the 60s. They also had a stall on Burslem Market.
On Goldenhill itself, we had about three fish and chip shops, a post office and many pubs. The Globe, The Nelson, The Red Lion, Goldenhill Working Men's Club and, I think, another couple.
Then moving on higher up we had Stonier's Buses and at the top of the bank we had the PMT garage and, along the level, another pub, which is still there today.
I spent a lot of years on Goldenhill, even after getting married. I remember lots of changes taking place.
I left Goldenhill, moving back to Burslem, in 1985, where I still live now with my family.
FREDA BROOKES Burslem