HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO TUNSTALL’S INDOOR MARKET FROM THE SPOTLIGHT TEAM
Opened on December 2nd, 1858, Tunstall’s indoor market celebrates its 160th birthday today.
One of the best markets in England and Wales, the indoor market, which is tucked away behind the town hall in High Street, is Stoke-on-Trent’s hidden gem.
Tunstall market is a warm-hearted place where friendly, welcoming traders sell high-quality fish and meat, fruit and vegetables, groceries, household goods and luxury items at reasonable prices to local people and customers who have come from as far afield as Alsager, Biddulph, Mow Cop and Congleton to do their weekend shopping.
Despite wars and recessions, the market has served the community for 160 years. The Spotlight team is certain that the market will continue to serve the people of Tunstall and the surrounding area for another 160 years.
Date: 1st December 2018
Location: Westport Lake, Westport Lake Road, Longport, Stoke-on-Trent, ST6 4RZ
Time: 13:00 – 15:00
Cost: £5 per child, £3 per additional child
Join us for a range of family Christmas crafts ending very festively with Christmas songs around the campfire.
Make some tree decorations to take home, clay reindeers, woolly robins, and sing some Christmas songs. Then, why not venture up into the cafe after where they will be selling mince pies and hot chocolate to help get the festive season off to the perfect start for you and your family? Booking essential. £5 per child, £3 per additional siblings. Children age nought to two can only attend with a paying sibling.
Source: Wildfamilies Explore Christmas Crafts and Festive Campfire @ Westport Lake | Stoke-on-Trent
On Friday, July 31st, 1868, a 40-year-old furnaceman, William Hancock, stood in the dock at Stafford Assizes charged with the wilful murder of Mary Ann Whitehurst at Kidsgrove on June 10th, 1868.
The court heard that Mary, a little girl about ten years old, was the daughter of one of William’s neighbours.
On the evening of June 9th, she was playing with William’s children and obtained permission from her father to sleep at the accused’s house overnight.
Mary went to bed at about 9.30pm. In the early hours of the morning, the household was woken by William who being in a state of uncontrollable violence was shouting, cursing and attempting to attack his wife. Terror-stricken, William’s wife and children ran out of the house leaving Mary there.
William jumped out of his bedroom window into the street. Being unable to find his wife and children who had taken refuge with their next-door neighbour, William went back into the house where he saw Mary.
He caught hold of Mary and dragged her into the kitchen. He picked her up by the legs, held her upside down and battered her head on the kitchen floor until she was dead.
Medical evidence presented to the court showed that William was suffering from delirium tremens and did not know what he was doing when he killed Mary. The jury said he was insane and the judge ordered him to be detained during Her Majesty’s pleasure.
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