Search for the Old Pubs of Stoke-on-Trent


Fred Hughes

Steve Birks

Take a weekly walk with Fred Hughes and Steve Birks in search of some of the old pubs of Stoke-on-Trent.

“Pubs were our first community centres after church and chapel. They were built to serve their neighbourhood, which is why we call them ‘locals’.... It’s quite impressive how many buildings there are that were once public houses.”

Next: the Angel, Hanley


The Angel, Hanley
The Angel was a big posh establishment that wouldn’t have looked out of place in London or Manchester. Next door stood a much smaller Bass pub named the Grapes or commonly known as Wilders
The American, Cobridge
Alcohol is strictly banned in the American, - even though the name harks back to its previous pub life, its function comes from the temperate New York Clubhouse.
The Royal Oak, Penkhull
The only clue is the plaque on the wall and a memorial in St Thomas’s churchyard across the road dedicated to a previous licensee Mary Ann Shenton who died in 1884, otherwise you’d never guess it had been a pub.
The Queen's Head, Tunstall
The Queens Head was a modern pub built in 1960 when the area was cleared for the new Scotia Road.
The absolute centre of the Beer-muder Triangle was the George and Dragon pub popularly known as ‘th Owd ‘Ut’. Why? I’ll leave it to others to tell you why.”

Longton’s most prominent public house is the Crown Hotel.
“It was described in trade directories as a favourite rendezvous of commercial gentlemen and Americans and feted as popular with families. Originally named the Crown and Anchor it was built in 1887 on the site of another long forgotten pub, the White Horse.”

Look around Newcastle and you get the feeling of strong tradition particularly in the pubs that stand among ubiquitous Georgian architecture. But it is the closed pubs in other uses that show the true heritage of Newcastle. Take for instance the Golden Ball in Bridge Street.