Spotlight on Stoke-on-Trent
People from Stoke-on-Trent are proud of their city’s heritage.
History records the achievements of men and women from our city and tells us the role they played on the world stage.
Stoke-on-Trent’s city council was one of the pioneers of comprehensive education. It defied both Conservative and Labour governments and replaced grammar and secondary modern schools with neighbourhood comprehensive schools and a sixth form college.
Local art schools, technical schools and colleges of further education were progressive centres of excellence. Reginald Mitchell, who designed the Spitfire, turned down a place at Birmingham University. He wanted to serve an apprenticeship with a firm in Fenton and to study engineering at technical schools in the city.
By the beginning of the 1930s, the North Staffordshire Technical College was a university in everything but name. The college had an international reputation and attracted overseas students. It possessed the world’s leading ceramic research centre and had Europe’s best mining school.
There are those who say the past is dead. They are wrong. The past lives in our collective memory. It makes us what we are today. Stoke-on-Trent has a proud heritage – a heritage which must not be forgotten. A city that forgets its past is a city without a future.
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 […]
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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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.
On 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.
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.
At 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 email@example.com
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 […]
Grove Road, Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent.
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, […]
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.