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2002
A Sense of Place - "where we live"

Sense of Place

A BBC project reminding us of what it's like...where we live
A Sense of Place - it's "where you live" in sound
SoP is a unique BBC project attempting, through its radio, TV and web sites, to get a feel for what we feel about the place that we live in.
Hear the programmes here.

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Radio series
On local radio in Staffordshire (Radio's Stoke, Derby and WM), half-hour documentaries revealing people's affection for the places they live in in Staffordshire and South Cheshire, and exploring their connection with the place called ‘home’, were broadcast in early 2002.
Now, you can also hear them here on the web. Scroll down to see the list of programmes.

Programmes in the Sense Of Place series
From the Bottle - An exploration of the often love hate relationship the people of the Potteries have with the traditional bottle oven.
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Dispatching Mr Porter - A whistlestop tour of our most famous Victorian railway town - Crewe.
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A Home For All Seasons - As the door of the crumbling building, which was home to the Edwardian novelist Arnold Bennett, opens, a proud literary past meets an unimaginable present
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Kos Keck a Boe? - Success in a city which is renowned for its art is measured on the pitch not in the pots!
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Forever Green - The story of Ipstones, a vibrant village community in the Staffordshire Moorlands.
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Dear Breakfast Show Presenter - The story of one woman's protest against the tasteless development and despoiling of Stoke on Trent.
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Feedback

Even more important perhaps than the programmes themselves is what our reaction to them is. If you hear them - and you need (or even just feel-like!) you want to comment or say something, then do it.

Here's just some of the comments ... why not add yours? - Have your say


Fenton is my life. It’s so friendly. It used to take me an hour and a half just to go up and down the shopping parade because people just want to talk - especially if you had a baby in a pram… You could be out for hours just fetching a loaf. MARGARET COTTON, Fenton
A Sense of Place
Stoke-on-Trent is a unique city, full of hidden history, steeped in tradition and, unfortunately, fast losing its dialect. I was born in The Limes maternity hospital and first lived at my grandparent's house in Garden Street in Burslem, a photo of which forms part of Ernest Warrilow's "Sociological History of Stoke-on-Trent".

My parents then moved to Norton, living in the old "prefabs" before flitting to a flat in Barks Drive. From there we moved to the "Grange Estate" in Cobridge. I love this city, the friendly people, its close proximity to all forms of countryside.

I remember the days of the open air baths in Trentham Gardens, Alton Towers pre Theme Park, Shelton Bar lighting up the night sky when the furnaces opened, the glut of pottery factories, Hanley before the Shopping Centre, "The Grange" at Cobridge before the Garden Festival and the schools I attended that are no longer there.

I could go on and on about this city of my birth, a city we should all be proud to live in.
David Sowerby
Northwood, Stoke-on-Trent
It was a dream come true playing on the Alex at 14 years of age, can you imagine it ? fantastic, I couldn’t sleep the night before ….. Left home when I was 18 and came back 40 years later - not much has changed, the people are still the same … But it’s all about the railway station isn’t it ? The rest of the country will always know us best for the railways but there’s so much more to Crewe than that ……
FRANK BLUNSTONE, Ex-Crewe Alex player

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Barbara Adams, the BBC's SoP producer in Staffordshire, tells why she got involved
" Where there’s a single brick (or in the case of Stoke -on-Trent, a piece of pottery) there’s a human story to be told. Where there’s a railway sleeper there’s a man who made it, laid it or drove his train over it - there’s no end to a person’s connection with his or her environment, which is why A Sense of Place is so incredibly groundbreaking. There is no end to its possibilities because it comes from the people, it belongs to the people - the more you tell us, the more it grows."
BARBARA ADAMS
For more information on the series, please e-mail Barbara on barbara.adams@bbc.co.uk
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