Category Archives: Longton

Diary Date – Longton Heritage Walk

Longton Heritage Walk – Friday 7th September

Join Jane Corfield and Jon Goodwin of Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s Heritage Team for a walking tour of Longton Conservation Area on Friday, 7th September.

The tour will take in the key elements of the conservation area and outline its history and development.

Participants will also have the opportunity to visit the Phoenix Works and CoRE facility to see first-hand the results of heritage-led regeneration. The tour starts from the Gladstone Pottery Museum Shop at 2.00pm. This event is free. Call 01782 237777 to book your place.

Diary Dates – Heritage open days in The Potteries

Heritage Open Day: Hanley Park – Past, Present and FutureMeet at the fountain in the Cauldon grounds of Hanley Park. Booking essential.
Date: 6 September
Location: Hanley Park, College Road,, Stoke on Trent, ST4 2DG (Time: 18:00 – 19:00)Heritage Open Day: Ford Green Hall

Find out about Tudor and Stuart food and drink, peek at our re-opened dovecote and handle replica period objects and experience toys and games played 400 years ago.
Date: 9 September
Location: Ford Green Hall  Ford Green Road, Smallthorne, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST6 1NG (Time: 11:00 – 15:00)

Heritage Open Day: Gladstone Pottery Museum

Special Heritage Open Days event – normally chargeable.
Date: 8 September
Location: Gladstone Pottery Museum  Uttoxeter Road, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, ST3 1PQ (Time: 10:00 – 17:00)

Heritage Open Day: Fenton Town Hall

Special Heritage Open Days event – not normally open to the public. Come and see the progress of the on-going restoration of the old town hall.
Dates: 6 September – 8 September
Interval: Every day
Location: Fenton Town Hall, 1 Albert Square, Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 3FA (Time: 09:00 – 16:00)

Heritage Open Days: Dudson Museum

View the museum in a bottle oven and the Dudson Ceramics Collection during this special Saturday opening of The Dudson Museum for Heritage Open Days.
Date: 8 September
Location: The Dudson Museum, The Dudson Centre, Hope Street, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 5DD (Time: 10:00 – 15:00)

Heritage Open Days: Cineworld

Heritage Open Day special event – not normally available. Booking essential for this 25-minute documentary about Clarice Cliff.
Date: 6 September – 9 September
Interval: Every day
Location: Cineworld Cinema, Bryan Street, Hanley, ST1 5BN (Time: 09:45 – 11:00)

Heritage Open Day: CoRE at the Enson Works

Heritage Open Days event – not normally open to the public.
Date: 6 September
Location: CoRE, Normacot Road, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, ST3 1PR (Time: 10:00 – 16:00)

Heritage Open Days: Ceramic City Stories

Heritage Open Days event – not normally open to the public.
Date: 8 September – 9 September
Interval: Every day
Location: CLAYHEAD, Winkhill Mill, Swan Street, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 7RH (Time: 09:00 – 12:00)

Heritage Open Day: Ceramic City Stories

Part of Heritage Open Days event – not normally open to the public
Date: 6 September – 7 September
Interval: Every day
Location: CLAYHEAD, Winkhill Mill, Swan Street, Stoke-on-Trent ST4 7RH (Time: 12:00 – 18:00)

Heritage Open Day: Biking to Bottle Ovens

Part of Heritage Open Days festival – bike ride around 20 bottle ovens.
Date: 9 September
Location: Central Forest Park  Chell Street, Sneyd Green, Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 6BB (Time: 09:30 – 12:30)

Celebrating the Hardworking History of English Ceramics

Pottery and ceramics are enjoying a revival in England. It’s early days, and it’s patchy, but there are some gloriously green shoots of renewal, investment, and public support. A visit to the Staffordshire Potteries opens up the history of this important industry and demonstrates why it thoroughly deserves a resurgence. And this year is the ideal time to visit, as they are marking 40 years since the last giant bottle oven was fired…

via Celebrating the Hardworking History of English Ceramics — The Vale Magazine

Art Deco Workshop at Gladstone

An art deco workshop that looks at the art deco style of painting used by pottery designers Susie Cooper and Clarice Cliff is taking place at the Gladstone Pottery Museum on Saturday, July 14th.

The event, which costs £12 per person, starts at 11am and ends at 12.30pm. To book your place, telephone 01782 237777. Persons attending will be able to paint their own decorative plate and take it home.

Potteries criminals feared Wright’s Law

Law (Wright)

A barrister whose attempts to pursue a political career in Parliament were unsuccessful, Harold Wright became The Potteries Stipendiary Magistrate in 1893.

A man who sympathised with the victims of domestic violence, Harold was determined to stamp out wife beating and child abuse in the six towns. Drunken men who had attacked their wives could expect no mercy when they appeared before his court. Even first offenders were sent to prison, and the sentences he imposed made him the most feared magistrate in the district.

Unlike the Metropolitan Stipendiary Magistrates in London who sat alone, Harold sat with Justices of the Peace.

Sitting in Kidsgrove and The Potteries, his court committed indictable offences for trial to the Assizes or to Quarter Sessions. It heard matrimonial disputes and tried summary offences.

Burslem and Longton, which were boroughs, and Hanley, which was a county borough, had their own Magistrates’ Courts presided over by borough magistrates. The borough Magistrates’ Courts shared jurisdiction with the Stipendiary Magistrate’s Court, and local police decided whether summary cases were tried by borough magistrates or by the stipendiary court. Knowing that Harold would impose more severe sentences than the borough magistrates, the police always prosecuted professional criminals and habitual offenders before his court.

Harold lived at Aston Hall, a mansion near Stone. His hobbies included hunting, fishing, painting and drawing. Under the pseudonym Snuff, he drew caricatures for Vanity Fair and made sketches of the lawyers who argued cases before his court.

A man who liked animals, Harold supported the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. He helped to organise Hanley’s Annual Horse Parade and launched a successful campaign against cruelty to animals in The Potteries – an area where every week between 30 and 40 people stood in the dock charged with ill-treating dogs and horses.

Camera in the City – Longton

Sutherland Institute


This photograph shows part of the tawny terracotta frieze above the main entrance to the Sutherland Institute in Lightwood Road, Longton.

Attributed to sculptor Charles Vyse, the frieze depicts Athena, the Greek goddess of culture, education, industry and commerce, with a child at her feet and two workmen presenting her with the fruits of their labour.

Photograph Copyright – The Phoenix Trust 2013