the local history of Stoke-on-Trent, England



Current 'Focus on...'


Stoke-on-Trent provided Australia with crockery, convicts, political deportees, emigrants and a Prime Minister!


Previous "Focus on...."


The 1932 opening of the Co-operative Emporium in Burslem


When I Was A Child

Charles Shaw (b.1832 d.1906) was born in Tunstall and worked in the North Staffordshire Potteries - he started work at about the age of 7. 

His autobiography is a facinating insight into life in the Potteries in the mid 19th Century. 


Focus on Wedgwood / Wood bible - containing historical accounts by Enoch Wood
Focus on the Wedgwood Institute - one the 10 most threatened buildings in England & Wales
Focus on Arnold Bennett and his 'Five towns' sort stories and novels
Focus on the birth of Primitive Methodism - June 27 1808
Focus  on brickmaking in Stoke-on-Trent 
Focus  on Poverty among the people and potters of Stoke-on-Trent 
Focus  on Pawnbrokers in Stoke-on-Trent 
Focus on Sir Oliver Lodge, inventor of the spark plug and first man to send a message by radio telegraphy.
Focus  on the streets of Stoke-on-Trent. 
Focus  on the history of education in the Potteries


  [ Questions / Comments / Contributions ? email: Steven Birks ]