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As Others See Us: More from Stoke

After a look found the shopping village, and a disappointing look round the Portmeirion shop we stuck another postcode in the satnav and set off for Dudson. (The shopping village postcode is ST4 8JG if you want it, and Dudson ST6 2BA). Dudson is mainly hotel ware and the shop can be quite good for […]

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Focus on The Potteries

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The pottery industry is what Stoke On Trent is well known for. Wedgewood, Royal Doulton, Dudson, Portmeirion, and Emma Bridgewater are popular bands of pottery that came/ come from the area throughout the 17th century. Delicate craftsmen/ women took pride in their work to produce some of the best china and ceramics that came out of Stoke On Trent.

This industry is something that has sadly faded out due to geographical mobility as potteries and ceramics are now cheaper to mass produce abroad. Museums such as ‘Gladstone Pottery Museum’ keep the history of the potteries alive by offering a hands on experience to create your own pots and ceramics such as flowers to give individuals a taste of the creativeness that went in to each piece as well as giving insight in to the life of a worker through walking around the preserved pottery factory. From stepping back in time it allows…

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Diary Date: Burning Intentions a Murder Mystery at Newcastle College

Screenshot (1)Burning Intentions a Murder Mystery evening is being held at Newcastle College at 6.30pm on Friday, November 17th. Tickets cost £10. For more information and to book your ticket telephone the Box Office on 01782 254800.

Focus on Tunstall – Diary Date: Tunstall Market Remembers

tunstall-town-hallOn Saturday, November 11th, Tunstall’s Indoor Heritage Market will remember those who died for freedom.

Between 11am and 2pm, Melanie, a well known local singer, will be singing your favourite songs from the 1940s.

Members of the Royal British Legion will be selling poppies in the market hall.

Staffs Imperial Stormtroopers are coming to Tunstall Market

Screenshot (6)Come along and say Hello to Staffs Imperial Stormtroopers when they visit Tunstall’s indoor heritage market on Saturday, November 18th, 2017 for a Star Wars themed fun day.

The fun begins when the Stormtroopers arrive at 11am.

Come and join in.

Wear a Star Wars costume and have your photograph taken with the Stormtroopers. Explore the market and meet its welcoming, friendly traders who sell high-quality fruit and vegetables, groceries, fish and meat, household goods, luxury items, watches and toys at reasonable prices.

Focus on Goldenhill: St. John’s Church

St John's Goldenhill 163488_db9ff3b2At the beginning of 1840, the Rev. Charles Wade, the curate in charge of St. Thomas’s Church in Kidsgrove, launched a public appeal to build a church at Goldenhill, a mining village on the North Staffordshire Coalfield.

Wade asked North Staffordshire’s leading philanthropist, Smith Child, to help him raise money to build the church.

Smith Child agreed to support the project and became chair of the appeal committee. He donated £200 to the building fund and gave £1,000 to endow the living.

Miss Sparrow and her sister, Mrs Moreton, gave the committee a site where Elgood Lane joins High Street to erect a church, build a school and lay out a cemetery. After four months, the committee had raised enough money to start building the church whose foundation stone was laid by Smith Child’s wife, Sarah, on August 3rd, 1840.

Dedicated to St. John the Evangelist, the church was a plain Norman-style brick building. Designed by Shelton architect Thomas Stanley, the church cost £2,000. St. Johns had a square tower that was surmounted by a stone spire. The church, which could accommodate more than 550 worshippers, was consecrated on August 11th, 1841 by James Bowstead, the Bishop of Lichfield.

The church closed in 2014. If you worshipped at St. John’s and have memories of the church which you would like to share with other Spotlight readers, please email us at   

Photograph of St. John’s © Copyright Steve Lewin and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.


As Others See Us: A trip to Stoke-on-Trent

We haven’t been to Stoke or a while. Looking back to post links to the last visit I see it was almost exactly a year ago. We had planned to visit at least twice this year but, as usual, it didn’t quite work. This morning Julia, who had a list of jobs for both of […]

via A Trip to Stoke on Trent — quercuscommunity

Focus on Fenton: Grove Road

Grove Road, Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent.

via Grove Road, Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent. — Postcards from Stoke

Focus on Longton: In a bottle oven at the Gladstone Pottery Museum

After visiting Chester, we headed towards Ashbourne (lots of antique stores), but first, stopped in at the Gladstone Pottery Museum in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. Maybe, a pottery museum wouldn’t make the top ten lists of the average English tourist. But, we have a collection of early British pottery and are members of the Transferware Collectors Club, […]

via In a Bottle Oven — Robertson Gallery and Antiques

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