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Stoke town - 1967 - two views of St. Peter's Church


Cambell Road in 1967 - before the A500 dual carriageway was built in 1974-77
Campbell Road in 1967 - before the A500 dual carriageway was built in 1974-77
in the background is St.Peters Church

photos: Ken and Joan Davis


Campbell Road in Stoke was named after Colin Minton Campbell the son of John and Mary Campbell, was born in Liverpool on 27 August 1827. 

He came to the Potteries in 1842 to work for his uncle, Herbert Minton, who took him into his partnership with M. D. Hollins in 1849. 

When Herbert Minton died in 1858 Colin Minton Campbell took over direction of the firm. The partnership with Hollins was dissolved in 1863, Colin Minton Campbell taking the china works and Hollins the tile works. 

Colin Minton Campbell also founded the Campbell Brick and Tile Co. in 1875. His business interests other than pottery included the North Staffordshire Railway, of which he was chairman 1873-83, and the Staffordshire Potteries Waterworks Co., of which he was a director.

In 1880 Colin Minton Campbell was elected mayor of the town of Stoke-upon-Trent. He was an energetic entrepreneur who played a leading role in the development of the Minton firm in the third quarter of the nineteenth century. He was equally energetic in his public activities and made a major contribution to the development of Stoke-upon-Trent in the 1880s. 

Between 1839 and 1874 the town was run by unelected commissioners where service was restricted to those who satisfied the property qualification. In 1874 the town was incorporated as the borough of Stoke-upon-Trent with a mayor, 5 aldermen and 18 councillors. 

Colin Minton Campbell provided the mayoral chain and assisted the work of the new council in a variety of ways. He provided land for the construction of the new municipal library in 1877-8, and contributed to the construction of the new sewage system for the town. He was elected mayor in 1880. 

In the three years during which he occupied that office a range of new public works and buildings were initiated and completed. They included the construction of the new market hall, the extension of the public baths behind the Minton Memorial Building, and the laying out of a new municipal cemetery at Hartshill

When he came up for re-election in 1883 the members of the town council tried to persuade him to continue in office but he pleaded ill-health and pressure of work and stood down. He died two years later and soon afterwards it was proposed that a statute should be erected to mark the contribution he had made to the town and the Staffordshire Potteries. 


a view of St. Peter's church from the other direction- Glebe Street
to the right is Station Road



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