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May 9, 2024

The City of Stoke-On-Trent

Stoke-on-Trent, known for its prolific pottery-producing region in Staffordshire known as ‘The Potteries’, is its principal city. Established in 1910 by federating six separate towns into one municipality, this vibrant metropolis boasts a rich culture and heritage.

Visit ceramic factory shops and tours, or try your hand at creating bone china flowers yourself in Hanley. Intu Potteries shopping centre features a 9-screen Cineworld cinema for added fun!


At its inception in the 18th century, this area was known for pottery production – most notably under Josiah Wedgwood who hails from this town. Coal mines and steelworks existed here too before these industries gradually gave way to various service jobs as well as an expanding tourism sector.

Tourism now makes up a large component of the city’s economy and has seen rapid expansion since the National Garden Festival started in 1986. Many ceramic manufacturers host tours for visitors; additionally there is also the Wedgwood Museum and National Exhibition Centre located there.

Stoke-on-Trent is England’s largest inland city and features more than 300 listed buildings, as well as numerous parks including Park Hall Country Park in Weston Coyney (known for its sandstone canyon and Site of Special Scientific Interest) as well as Westport Lake, Heritage Canoe Trail and Trentham Estate (of Staffordshire Wildlife Trust) which offer gardens, forests and monkey enclosures.

The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery is situated in an 1890s Victorian factory and showcases ceramics and decorative arts, while Gladstone Pottery Museum and Staffordshire Industrial History Society Museum can also be found nearby in former canal sheds.

Its name derives from the combination of six towns – Hanley, Burslem, Tunstall, Longton and Fenton. When these six came together as one municipal borough known as The Potteries in 1910, Arnold Bennett used this moniker in his fictional creations; although without Fenton. These six are still commonly known locally as ‘The Potteries’ by local residents.


Stoke-on-Trent’s architecture is surprising for a city built upon the ceramics industry. While some structures, like the Michelin Tyre building on Port Street, create an impression of modernity and progress, others such as Gladstone Pottery Museum located within an old Victorian factory evoke the city’s past – many historic structures however have fallen into neglect and some have even been converted into supermarkets or offices while many once industrial areas have become residentialized.

However, its polycentric character is part of what distinguishes Liverpool from most UK cities – unlike most others it consists of six distinct towns running roughly along an A50 highway corridor from north to south: Tunstall, Burslem, Hanley Stoke Longton Fenton

Stoke-on-Trent’s diverse elements have enabled it to embrace new ideas and ways of living with open arms, welcoming contemporary architecture while maintaining its distinctive urban landscape. New developments prioritize sustainability and community involvement for an innovative mindset.

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Stoke-on-Trent has long been known for its pottery making heritage; today however, its advanced manufacturing and engineering sectors have also expanded significantly. Companies such as JCB and Goodwin PLC offer employment opportunities. Retail, wholesale, and professional activities round off its economy as well as boasting a robust rate of employee growth that indicates its health as an economic hub.

Hanley is home to several arts organizations, such as the Edwardian School of Art in Burslem and The Hothouse Centre for Ceramic Design in Longton. This latter facility houses a museum displaying work by notable artists like Arthur Berry (also an author, playwright and poet), Glenys Barton Arnold Machin (sculptor coin and stamp designer) and Jack Simcock – which can all be found there as well as several nightlife establishments like bars restaurants and nightclubs that have emerged recently in Hanley.

Recent years have witnessed Stoke-on-Trent experience a renaissance in economic development and regeneration. The City Council has worked to draw new businesses into the city while investing in infrastructure improvements and culture enhancements.

Stoke-on-Trent’s economy is flourishing thanks to several large business investments and the creation of numerous jobs – with unemployment rates reaching their lowest point in three decades. By 2023, local economies are projected to outstrip UK average growth rates.

The Levelling Up programme from the government is helping Stoke-on-Trent reach its goals through funding that removes obstacles to economic development and accelerates its rate. Funds available through Invest Stoke-on-Trent have helped over 300 businesses secure shares from PS1bn invested by government and regional partners.


Stoke-on-Trent is the largest city in Staffordshire and England’s Potteries region, where pottery was once the primary industry. The city consists of six towns – Tunstall, Burslem, Fenton, Hanley and Longton – linked by canals; The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery displays locally made ceramics and decorative arts; Gladstone Pottery Museum is housed within an old Victorian factory; Trentham Estate features landscaped Italian gardens as well as a forest filled with monkeys; all located within close proximity.

Burslem Park spans nine hectares. Other notable parks in Stoke include Park Hall Country Park in Weston Coyney with its sandstone canyons and Site of Special Scientific Interest designation, Bucknall Park with its City Farm, Westport Lake (the largest body of water in Stoke) with its nature reserve, shoreline protection scheme costing PS10.6 Million and Bucknall Park’s City Farm.

At Newcastle-under-Lyme in the summertime, fans cheering their teams will give way to fish swimming and birdsong; an oceanic climate with mild winters and warm summers dominates; both cities sit above the Cheshire plain so are less exposed to cold air drainage from Pennine regions.

City Radio Station – one of several independent newspapers published by Stoke. Additionally, The Sentinel is published regularly as well as local radio stations such as BBC Radio Stoke, Signal 1, Signal 2, Cross Rhythms City Radio, as well as Christian community station Cross Rhythms City Radio. Cross Rhythms City Radio also houses the headquarters for UK-wide Christian broadcasting organization as well as being amongst the first cities nationwide to receive their own television station after 2012.


Stoke-on-Trent boasts a variety of entertainment and attractions for visitors. Within its borders are museums and galleries, gardens and shops as well as world-famous Staffordshire pottery sites; outside there are parks, theme parks, historic sites, monkey forests and monkey zoos to discover.

City life also thrives at night in Hanley with numerous bars and clubs in Hanley as well as two major theatres: Regent Theatre (capacity 1,603 people) and Victorian Kings Hall. Furthermore there are smaller venues such as Saxones and The Hive which host performances and events during this time.

Local bands and artists enjoy strong support. Birmingham boasts an active music scene with numerous clubs and discos such as Golden Torch (which became the heart of Northern soul in the early 1970s), Shelley’s Laserdome – where Sasha Cox first made waves as an artist – and The Void nightclub.

Cultural events take place throughout the year, from live theatre productions to classical concerts. One popular annual outdoor event is August’s fireworks display.

As for television programming, Birmingham is currently covered by BBC Midlands Today and ITV Central; soon though, its own local station backed by commercial revenue streams will launch here as well.

Stoke-on-Trent is home to many sports teams, clubs and events; one such being professional darts leagues hosted by both the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) and British Darts Organization (BDO), boasting ten teams from each organization. Two-time PDC World Champion Phil Taylor hails from Stoke-on-Trent while former BDO World Champion Adrian Lewis hails from there as well. Carl De Marco was also born there along with actor Hugh Dancy who has made appearances in Black Hawk Down and Freddie Jones; along with comedian Paul Bown who has appeared in Men Behaving Badly and Hollyoaks respectively.

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