St. Johns Square, Burslem,
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St. Johns Square, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent
St. Johns Square is a unique area of Burslem - it featured heavily in some of Arnold Bennett's novels as he used 'The Potteries', especially Burslem as a thinly disguised location. He re-named St. John's Square to St. Luke's Square.
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."
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.
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