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DiaryDate: Harvest Weekend in Tunstall

Tunstall Salvation Army is holding a Harvest Weekend at its church in Dunning Street.

There will be a fish and chip supper and a “Mindblowing Quiz at 6.30pm on Saturday, October 14th. (Admission £7 – concessions £5)

The meeting at 10.30am on Sunday, October 15th will be led by Major Samuel Edgar.

Telephone 01782 817578 for more details.

DiaryDate: Half Term Spooktacular and Treat or Trick Trail in Tunstall Market

Tunstall Indoor Market is holding a Half Term Spooktacular. The three-day event takes place between 11.30am and 2.30pm on:

  1. Wednesday 25th October when there will be Free Face Painting and a Trick or Treat Trail.
  2. Friday 27th October when there will be Spooky Crafts and a Trick or Treat Trail.
  3. Saturday 28th October when there will be Free Haloween Balloon Modelling, a Trick or Treat Trail and if you are “very brave” you can try to find all the Spooky Characters who are hiding in the market.

DiaryDate: Douglas Macmillan Coffee Morning in Tunstall Market

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Tunstall Market – an invitation to the party

tunstall marketCome and join the party. Tunstall’s heritage market is celebrating its 200th birthday tomorrow. Bring the family. Do your weekend shopping in Stoke-on-Trent’s best market while spending an enjoyable day taking part in the festivities.

In 1816, Tunstall’s chief constable, pottery manufacturer John Henry Clive, founded a company to build a Magistrates’ Courthouse and create a Market Place.

The company leased three-quarters of an acre of sloping ground called Stoney Croft from Walter Sneyd, the Lord of the Manor. It built a courthouse and laid out a market place, which later became Tower Square, on the site.

A two-storey stone building, the courthouse had a fire station with two fire engines and a market hall on the ground floor where eggs, butter, milk and cheese were sold when the market opened. The building faced eastwards. It was erected about halfway up the slope. Steps led from the lower part of the Market Place, where stalls were set up on market day, to the market hall’s main entrance.

Beneath the market hall was the town lock up – a dark, foul-smelling dungeon where prisoners were held while awaiting trial. The stocks stood at the foot of the steps leading to the market hall. Six hours in the stocks or a fine of five shillings was the usual penalty for being drunk and disorderly.

The company placed an advertisement in the Staffordshire Advertiser that was published on September 13, 1817, which read: “Notice is hereby given that henceforward a market will be held at Tunstall, in the Potteries, weekly on Saturdays in front of the Court-House. The first to be on Saturday, 20 September. Stalls and standings free.”

Tunstall Market was both a retail market and a wholesale market. Retailers sold fruit and vegetables, meat, fish, poultry and salt. Horse-drawn waggons brought dairy produce, fruit and vegetables to the wholesale market which attracted retailers from Burslem, Hanley, Stoke, Longton and Fenton.

DiaryDate: Join the Party – Tunstall Market celebrates its bicentenary on Saturday

tunstall marketTunstall’s heritage market is 200 years old.

In 1816, Tunstall’s chief constable, pottery manufacturer John Henry Clive, founded a company to build a Magistrates’ Courthouse and create a Market Place.

The company leased three-quarters of an acre of sloping ground called Stoney Croft from Walter Sneyd, the Lord of the Manor. It built a courthouse and laid out a market place, which later became Tower Square, on the site.

A two-storey stone building, the courthouse had a fire station with two fire engines and a market hall on the ground floor where eggs, butter, milk and cheese were sold when the market opened. The building faced eastwards. It was erected about half way up the slope. Steps led from the lower part of the Market Place, where stalls were set up on market day, to the market hall’s main entrance.

Beneath the market hall was the town lock up – a dark, foul smelling dungeon where prisoners were held while awaiting trial. The stocks stood at the foot of the steps leading to the market hall. Six hours in the stocks or a fine of five shillings was the usual penalty for being drunk and disorderly.

The company placed an advertisement in the Staffordshire Advertiser that was published on September 13, 1817, which read: “Notice is hereby given that henceforward a market will be held at Tunstall, in the Potteries, weekly on Saturdays in front of the Court-House. The first to be on Saturday, 20 September. Stalls and standings free.”

Tunstall Market was both a retail market and a wholesale market. Retailers sold fruit and vegetables, meat, fish, poultry and salt. Horse drawn waggons brought dairy produce, fruit and vegetables to the wholesale market which attracted retailers from Burslem, Hanley, Stoke, Longton and Fenton.

Heritage Market Celebrates 200 Years

tunstall marketHeritage tourism is big business. More than 4.7 million tourists visit Stoke-on-Trent each year.

Tunstall’s heritage market will be celebrating its 200th birthday on September 23rd, 2017.

Spotlight on Stoke believes that everyone who cares about Tunstall’s future should back the market’s bi-centennial celebrations and help to make them a success.

Tourists spend a lot of money when they visit a town.

The bi-centennial celebrations will put Tunstall on Stoke-on-Trent’s tourist trail and help to regenerate the town centre.

Tunstall Market 1817-2017

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DiaryDate: Soul Night at the Museum

On Friday 25 August you can enjoy an evening of Soul and Motown classics at the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery with local singer Charmaine Baines and her live band

With an immense repertoire from Classic and Soulful House Music to Jazz, Neo-Soul, Motown, Blues, RnB and Reggae, Charmaine Baines is a unique soulful performer. This year saw her support Ruby Turner for the 2017 Nantwich Jazz and Blues Festival and also debut at The Monteflavio Jazz Festival in Rome, performing with the brilliant Anima Band.

Charmaine will be paying tribute to some of the Soul and Motown classics with her amazing band. Admission is free. The concert starts at 7 pm and ends at 10 pm.

DiaryDate: World War II fighter plane on display at RAF Cosford

The Wolverhampton Express and Star reports that a two-seat turret aircraft the Boulton Paul Defiant Mk1 will be the star of the show in its hangar at the RAF Cosford Museum. But ahead of the Open Cockpit event at the museum on September 15 and 16, the plane has been on a journey of its own.Arriving on a low loader from London in November 2016, it was stripped down before being transported to its original birthplace of the Midlands…

To read more visit World War II fighter plane on display at RAF Cosford – in pictures | Express & Star

Ninja Turtle at Tunstall Market

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