Visit Stoke-on-Trent and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. The present Stoke-on-Trent came into being in 1910 when the then Stoke-upon-Trent was combined with five adjoining towns: Tunstall, Burslem, Hanley, Fenton and Longton. But long before then the area was collectively “The Pottenes”. Excavations in the city have established that pottery was made here during the Roman occupation: flagons, vases and platters of remarkable quality, dating from the 1st century, can be seen in the museum in Hanley, which also possesses one of the world's finest collections of pottery and porcelain. However, even earlier pottery has been found within the city boundary, including an Early Bronze Age (1700 B.c.) beaker and an incense-cup from roughly the same period.
Most of the great names in pottery which are famous today — Wedgwood, Minton, Spode, Coalport (originally a Shropshire firm) — date from the late 18th century.
Stoke-upon-Trent was only a village round a church with 11th-century, origins until the Industrial Revolution. The present church of St Peter ad Vincula was built between 1826 and 1830 but there is part of an Anglo-Saxon cross in the churchyard; and in the chancel a memorial tablet to Josiah Wedgwood. with a portrait medallion in high relief by Flaxman. Wedgwood is also the subject for the best known statue in the Potteries; the bronze figure of the master potter, appraising one of his own vases, greets the visitor at the railway station.
In Tunstall. most northerly of the six towns, the Primitive Methodist movement was founded by Hugh Bourne and William Clowes and the first chapel was built there in 1811, next to the present site. Bourne's home, Ford Hayes Farm, Bucknall, still stands.
Burslem was Wedgwood's birthplace, in 1730, and his association with the town is commemorated by the Wedgwood Memorial Institute, built on the site of his first factory. Burslem has had three town halls, the most interesting of which is the slightly oriental-looking second, now a public library, with its gilded angel surmounting the clock tower.
Hanley's most famous son, Arnold Bennett, was born in Hope Street in 1867 and later lived for brief periods in Dam Street and Newport Lane in Burslem, before the family finally settled in 1880 in a house in Waterloo Road, Cobridge, the suburb which links Burslem and Hanley. Hanley was the birthplace of another famous Englishman, Reginald Mitchell, the designer of the Spitfire fighter, and his association with the town is commemorated by the Mitchell Memorial Youth Centre.
Stoke is not renowned for ancient buildings but it has one small gem: Ford Green Hall in Smailthorne, a 16th-century timber-framed manor house which has been restored with period furniture and domestic utensils.
Nearby towns: Cheadle, Crewe, Kidsgrove, Leek, Longton, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Sandbach, Stone
Nearby villages: Alsager, Audley, Barlaston, Barthomley, Betchton, Biddulph, Blythebridge, Bucknall, Burslem, Caverswall, Chatterley, Cheddleton, Cresswell, Dilhorne, Draycott in the Moor, Endon, Etruria, Ford Green, Fulford, Hanley, Harecastle, Hatton, Keele, Longport, Madeley, Madeley Heath, Maer, Milton, Moddershall, Mow Cop, Newcastle, Rough Close, Rudyard, Silverdale, Totmonslow, Trent Vale, Trentham, Wetleyrocks, Whitmore, Wolstanton
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