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Stoke on Trent, City of Culture

Six Towns, One City

A Unique Place

Stoke-on-Trent is unique in many ways. One example in particular which first time visitors to the area may not be aware of, is that the city is not a city in the traditional way, with just one centre. It has six towns, and six centres, which came together as a county borough in 1910 and later as a city in 1925.

Image courtesy of Andrew Billington
Image of Open House by NoFit State Circus hosted by Appetite Stoke 2014 courtesy of Andrew Billington photography.

The six towns

Burslem – known as the mother town of Stoke-on-Trent, Burslem is packed with architecturally interesting and important buildings and is known for its vibrant nightlife including the legendary Leopard pub.

Fenton – once a rural area dotted with farms and small holdings, it become rapidly populated during the massive development of the potteries. Home to a splendid Victorian town hall which is being championed for community use as a arts venue and Fenton Manor which hosts international performance events including an annual beer festival.

Hanley – the main shopping area in the city and home to Stoke-on-Trent’s cultural quarter which host a number of great theatres and art venues, holding the world’s greatest collection of Staffordshire ceramics and the Staffordshire Hoard, a treasure trove of Anglo-Saxon gold.

Longton – known locally as the ‘neck end’ of the city, the town has a long history of working in the heart of the Pottery industry. Home to the excellent Gladstone Pottery Museum and CoRE, a former Pot bank which has been converted into an exciting events space.

Stoke – the town that’s home to the train station and famously known for its pottery history and as the birthplace of fine bone china and Staffordshire University’s exciting creative media campus.

Tunstall – most northern town in the city and where historians found that iron was produced as far back as 1280. The town stands on a ridge surrounded by old tile making and brickmaking sites. It’s where Robbie Williams was born and spent his childhood.

Image of B-Arts Picnic with Appetite Stoke win 2013 courtesy of Andrew Billington photography.

Five out of the six towns have beautiful Victorian parks.

Stoke-on-Trent is the home of pottery in the United Kingdom and so is commonly known as ‘The Potteries’.