Spotlight on Stoke

Welcome to Spotlight on Stoke

Hello and Welcome to Spotlight on Stoke.

Since 1990, Spotlight’s historical geographer Betty Cooper and international heritage lawyer David Martin have undertaken significant original research into Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire’s architectural heritage and their socio-economic, legal and administrative history.

Born in The Rookery, Betty was educated at Brownhills High School in Tunstall and at Manchester University where she wrote her thesis on the economic development of The Potteries.

Betty’s research work enabled her to produce the first map of medieval Tunstall, which was an important market town and administrative centre surrounded by six fields.

She has written extensively about North Staffordshire’s heritage, and her articles have been syndicated in Australia, Canada and the USA.

Topics she has written about include:

  • Architects and Heritage Buildings
  • Schools and Colleges
  • Hospitals and Workhouses
  • Industry and Commerce
  • Churches and Chapels
  • Roads, Railways and Canals
  • Parks and Gardens
  • Local Personalities
  • Theatres and Cinemas.

Between 2010 and 2014, Betty researched the lives of local architects and producedĀ building histories for The Phoenix Trust’s campaign to make the North Staffordshire Coalfield’s Industrial Landscape a World Heritage Site.

The articles Betty wrote about North Staffordshire’s history and posts based on the Phoenix Trust’s comprehensive historical research will be published on this site.

The Heading Photograph shows the Caldon Canal in Hanley Park

To contact Spotlight on Stoke email David Martin at daymar727@talktalk.net

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