St. John's Square  (Burslem) Stoke-on-Trent

The layout of central Burslem today still has the street plan of a medieval market town. The area of St. John's Square can be seen on a 1720 map. An 1818 trade directory records "St. John's Square, near new Market place." 

From the 1818 Trade directory we know that the following professions and trades were carried out in St. John's Square: (Note that many carried out more than one trade) (Note - the Star inn is more properly located in Queen Street, and is so in the 1851 directory)
Crate Maker: Thomas Oakes   
Grocers:  Thomas Oakes  
Inns & Taverns: Thomas Adams
Hannah Sheldon
Thomas Hargreaves
George Lowe
Thos. Machin
Bull's Head
Duke William 
Mason's Arms
New Inn
Iron Mongers: Joseph Wade  
Surgeons: Charles Rawlings  


The rapid development of the importance of St. Johns Square can be seen from this listing in Whites 1851 Trade directory: (Note that many carried out more than one trade)
Agents: Geo Jackman Rutherford   
Bakers and Flour Dealers: John Ledsham
William Wright
Boot and Shoe Makers: Charles Gerard  
Chemists and Druggists: Thomas Blackshaw
George Hawthorne
Confectioners: Joseph Edge
John Ledsham
Eating Houses: Mary Walker  
Fire and Life Offices: Anchor, G. Hawthorne

William Dixon

Representing Clerical Medical and General.
Representing National & Mercantile.
Glass & China Dealers: William Tomkinson  
Grocers and Provisions: William Dixon
Hill Chas, James
Thomas Kenderdine
John Ledsham
Hairdressers: William Tomkinson  
Hatters: Lazarus Salisbury  
Inns and Taverns: James Mann
James Lockett
Geo. Jackman Rutherford
John Whittle
Bull's Head
Duke William
Freemasons Arms
New Inn
Linen & Woollen Drapers: John Cook  
Watch & Clock Makers: George Slater  



Arnold Bennett in his novels used The Potteries, especially Burslem as a thinly disguised location. He re-named St. John's Square to St. Luke's Square. 

1909 picture of St.John's Square taken from Fountain Place.
1909 picture of St.John's Square taken from Fountain Place.

The buildings at the bottom are (left to right) Longson's, Lovatt's (Tailors & Outfitters) and The Masons Arms.

The street at bottom right with the terraced houses visible was Hanover Street - this street and the area around it has been cleared and now Woodbank Street  replaces it and forms part of the Burslem ring road.

Click here for Photos of the Square 1900-1910


Photographs around St. John's Square
(From the turn of both the 20th and 21st Centuries) 

Manchester and Liverpool District Bank


'The Fountain'

Top of Liverpool Road

Home & Colonial

Duke William Inn

The Clock House

The Bull's Head

Corner Furlong Passage

St. John's Square from a 1898 O/S Map
St. John's Square from a 1898 O/S Map
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1889 Shop

Corner Queen Street

Back of Furlong Passage

'Baines' family home


Burslem Photo Index | Burslem 1898 Map

1963 aerial photo of Burslem


Burslem History

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