Lower Bethesda Street, Hanley,
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Lower Bethesda Street, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent
Bethesda Street runs from the junction of Albion Street and Broad Street northwards to Regent Road southwards. When it was cut across by the "Potteries Way" ring round the southern half became Lower Bethesda Street. Here, at the junction of Regent Road once stood the cattle market.
On the junction of Lower Bethesda Street and the Potteries Way ring road is the main city fire station.
Bethesda Street got its name:
At the junction of Bethesda Street and Albion Street stands the Bethesda Methodist Church.
"Bethesda" was a spring-fed pool, in Jerusalem where invalids waited their turn to step into the mysteriously troubled waters that were supposed to possess healing virtue - it is mentioned in the Bible in John's Gospel. Many churches in the area have "Bethesda" attached to their name.
in Hebrew means 'house of grace'
Smithfield was originally, an open area outside the North West walls of the City of London, a market for cattle and horses, which later became the central meat-market - no doubt this is where The Smithfield public house gets it's name from.
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