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About Me

Stoke and Huddersgate


I was born on October 29th 1942 in Stoke-on-Trent a city of terraced-houses, factories and coal mines. There were pot-banks with bottle-shaped chimneys and, in those days, lots of smoke. Not so different from Huddersgate really.

But I was luckier than most. Our house was on the outskirts of the city. There were woods and fields nearby, and this was where I spent most of my time. I was happy at home but my Gran's house was more interesting. Gran lived not far away in an old wooden bungalow on the edge of the common. She kept chickens and pigs, and boiled potatoes in a big black pot on the open fire.

  This was Stoke where I was brought up

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  This is Gran's bungalow

  This is Gran's bungalow


  Me and my Gran


  Stanley Bagshaw and his Gran


  And this is Huddersgate where

  the Stanley Bagshaw stories are set


I hardly ever saw my Grandad; he 

always seemed to be 'down the Finney gardens'. At the time I thought he must be a hard working gardener, but like Stanley, I was a bit naive. 'The Finney Gardens' was the name of the local pub.

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