Monthly Archives: October 2018

Scarratt’s Tunstall – Reflections

In this edited extract from Old Times in The Potteries by William Scarrat published in 1906, the author looks back and reflects on the changes which took place in Tunstall during the second half of the 19th century.


It would be well for some qualified person to estimate our losses and gains since the 1850s. We have lost the sweet fields and the green foliage which sheltered happy songbirds. Gone, too, are the wealthy townsmen, in search of health and quiet breathing. That grand old man, Sir Smith Child, Bart, removed his last oak tree from Newfield Hall in 1846. The advice and opinions of these cultured absentees are lost to a great degree. If the urbanity and the hospitality of the past were not over-refined, they were generous and hearty. Parks, however estimable, are not an equivalent to the free haunts of the past; for one thing, you did not see a notice “Keep off the grass” next to the pathway. The freedom of all grades and classes is unlimited in other respects, and working conditions are much better. But at the same time, we miss the patriarchal behaviour of a previous generation of master potters. One is aware that even in that state there were certain evils. The employer and the employee are now too frequently rivals. Up to the end of the 18th century, they often worked side by side. A good master would have a good man, and did not begrudge him good wages – he would just as soon have an empty cottage as an empty bench.

Other Places Called Tunstall – A village in the East Riding

There are several places called Tunstall in England.

One of them is a small village near Withernsea in the East Riding of Yorkshire.

The village, which has a Norman Church (All Saints), was mentioned in the Domesday Book where it was called “Tunestal”. All Saints was enlarged several times during the middle ages, and a tower was added in the 15th century.

Like every community, Tunstall had its criminal fraternity, and on September 1st, 1505 two villagers John and Thomas Mudd who were accused of killing Henry Raw claimed sanctuary in the church of St. Cuthbert.

The two men said they were attacked by Henry and admitted hitting him on the head with a pikestaff, which caused his death a few days later.

There are still several 18th-century buildings in Tunstall including two farmhouses and a barn.

By 1823, the village had 163 inhabitants of whom eight were farmers. There were two shopkeepers, a tailor, a corn factor and a publican.

Although the village is now a tourist attraction, agriculture still plays an important role in the local economy.

Making a difference in Plymouth, Newcastle Under Lyme and Bradford

This next couple of blog posts are some very early musings on the current relationship between towns and cities and highlights some learning and thinking I’ve been doing about this. As an adult I’ve always lived in big cities (Sheffield, Leeds and now Manchester – sometimes considered the Core Cities ). But increasingly I’ve become interested […]

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