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Former C&A store, Stafford Street, Hanley

  • The Hanley store was built in Stafford Street in the mid 1960's

  • The group announced it would be shutting its 109 British stores, with the loss of 4,800 jobs, in June 2000 following years of losses.

  • The Hanley branch, in common with most UK stores, closed in January 2001. 

  • Many people will have childhood memories of C&A school blouses and sensible shoes but the store that was once a trademark for economy became outdated.

  

this little-noticed panel is composed of 6" surface-textured tiles in a variety of muted tones,
this little-noticed panel is composed of 6" surface-textured tiles in a variety of muted tones,
 mainly greens, purples and blues, some with geometric reliefs

 

"in Stafford Street is a mid-1960s C&A store (now Wilkinsonís) with an attractive full-height exterior ceramic panel, its abstract design based on squares. 

This little-noticed panel is composed of 6" surface-textured tiles in a variety of muted tones, mainly greens, purples and blues, some with geometric reliefs. 

The mural is unusual because it is one of the few surviving installations produced by Malkin Tiles; at least one of the motifs is from their ĎTurineseí range marketed during 1961-8 and designed by Leonard Gladstone King, Malkinís art director."

 

Tile Gazetteer

 

Surface textured ceramic wall tiles from the 'Turinese' range, 
Surface textured ceramic wall tiles from the 'Turinese' range, 
designed by L. G. King and made by Malkin Johnson Tiles

 


 

in Stafford Street, Hanley - the mid-1960s C&A store (now Wilkinsonís)
in Stafford Street, Hanley - the mid-1960s C&A store (now Wilkinsonís)

 

 

 

the attractive full-height exterior ceramic panel, its abstract design based on squares
the attractive full-height exterior ceramic panel, its abstract design based on squares
 one of the few surviving installations produced by Malkin Tiles


 

Stafford Street, Hanley, outside C&A - September '96 - City Lights
Stafford Street, Hanley, outside C&A - September '96 - City Lights

photo: Peter Smith

Here a trio of Antony Gormley-esque characters were creating quite a stir as part of 'City Lights', a month-long artistic presentation mounted throughout the city centre by Staffordshire University in the autumn of 1996.

 


 

 

Stafford Street - Looking upwards towards the newly built C&A store on the right
Stafford Street - Looking upwards towards the newly built C&A store on the right

photo: mid 1960's (supplied by Peter Longshaw)

 

 




Top of Lichfield Street and Albion Square - looking into Stafford Street
C&A at the top of Lichfield Street and Albion Square
 - looking into Stafford Street
 

C&A occupied part of the site of the previous Dimmock's Albion pottery works
C&A occupied part of the site of the previous Dimmock's Albion pottery works
 

photos: 2000

 

 

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Malkin Tiles Newport Pottery, Burslem


 

 

 

 

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