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Stoke-on-Trent Districts: Brown Hills


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Brownhills, between Longport & Tunstall.


"Brownhills is situate upon the main Turnpike Road (from Burslem to Lawton,) at the junction of the Branch which comes from Newcastle through Longport; and is at nearly equal distances from the market-places of Tunstall and Burslem; which are rather more than a mile apart. It is within the township of Burslem, which extends, north-westward, as far as an inn called High gate, close up to the town of Tunstall."

"BROWNHILLS is a pleasant village, situate on the Liverpool and Manchester road through the Potteries, about half a mile from Newcastle-under-Lyme, has several good houses, and two extensive earthenware manufactories.
At a short distance from the road there is also a manufactory of considerable magnitude, noted for its excellent blue tiles, quarries and conduit pipes, &c. which are quite vitrified, and of a beautiful dark colour. The many various strata of clay got here, which are of excellent quality, and in great abundance, seem particularly adapted for these articles. These works are now occupied by Messrs. Haywood, and contiguous to the Trent and Mersey canal, by which considerable quantities of this manufacture are exported to different parts of the kingdom."

Pigot & Co's 1828/9 Directory of Staffordshire



Extract from William Yates 1775 Map of Staffordshire 
Showing the area of Brown hill and it's relationship
with Newcastle, Burslem and Tunstall
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8 March 2008