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STOKE-ON-TRENT (/stoʊk ɒn trɛnt/ ( listen ); often abbreviated to STOKE) is a city and unitary authority area in Staffordshire
Staffordshire
, England, with an area of 36 square miles (93 km2). Together with the neighbouring boroughs of Newcastle-under-Lyme and Staffordshire Moorlands , it is part of North Staffordshire
Staffordshire
, which, in 2011, had a population of 469,000.

Stoke is polycentric , having been formed by a federation of six towns in the early 20th century. It took its name from Stoke-upon-Trent , where the town hall and the railway station are located. Hanley is the primary commercial centre. The four other towns are Burslem
Burslem
, Tunstall , Longton and Fenton .

Stoke-on-Trent
Stoke-on-Trent
is the home of the pottery industry in England
England
and is commonly known as the Potteries . Formerly a primarily industrial conurbation , it is now a centre for service industries and distribution centres .

CONTENTS

* 1 History

* 1.1 Toponymy and etymology * 1.2 Administration

* 1.3 Industry

* 1.3.1 Pottery
Pottery
* 1.3.2 Coal mining * 1.3.3 Steel * 1.3.4 Other
Other

* 2 Geography

* 2.1 Suburbs * 2.2 Climate

* 3 Demography * 4 Points of interest * 5 Economy

* 6 Government

* 6.1 Mayoral system * 6.2 Leader and cabinet system * 6.3 List of former council leaders * 6.4 Lord Mayor
Lord Mayor
* 6.5 Council * 6.6 Members of Parliament

* 7 Public services * 8 Religion

* 9 Transport

* 9.1 Major roads * 9.2 Rail * 9.3 Bus * 9.4 Canals * 9.5 Cycling

* 10 Education

* 10.1 Higher education * 10.2 Secondary education * 10.3 Potters\' Holidays

* 11 Sport

* 11.1 Football * 11.2 Other
Other
sports teams * 11.3 Individual sports persons

* 12 Culture and arts

* 12.1 Science * 12.2 Visual art * 12.3 Public art * 12.4 Theatre * 12.5 Cinema * 12.6 Literature * 12.7 Young Poet Laureate * 12.8 Media * 12.9 Famous entertainers * 12.10 Music * 12.11 Food * 12.12 Stoke Pride

* 13 Dialect * 14 References

* 15 External links

* 15.1 Local media

HISTORY

TOPONYMY AND ETYMOLOGY

The name _Stoke_ is taken from the town of Stoke-upon-Trent , the original ancient parish , with other settlements being chapelries . _Stoke_ derives from the Old English
Old English
_stoc_, a word that at first meant little more than _place_, but which subsequently gained more specific – but divergent – connotations. These variant meanings included _dairy farm_, _secondary or dependent place or farm_, _summer pasture_, _crossing place_, _meeting place_ and _place of worship_. It is not known which of these was intended here, and all are plausible. The most frequently suggested interpretations derive from a crossing point on the Roman road that ran from present-day Derby
Derby
to Chesterton or the early presence of a church , said to have been founded in 670 AD. Because _Stoke_ was such a common name for a settlement, some kind of distinguishing affix was usually added later, in this case the name of the river .

The motto of Stoke-on-Trent
Stoke-on-Trent
is _Vis Unita Fortior_ which can be translated as: United Strength is Stronger, or Strength United is the More Powerful, or A United Force is Stronger.

ADMINISTRATION

Longton Town Hall. See also: Federation of Stoke-on-Trent

An early proposal for a federation took place in 1888, when an amendment was raised to the Local Government Bill which would have made the six towns into districts within a county of "Staffordshire Potteries". It was not until 1 April 1910 that the "Six Towns" were brought together. The county borough of Hanley, the municipal boroughs of Burslem, Longton, and Stoke, together with the urban districts of Tunstall and Fenton now formed a single county borough of Stoke-on-Trent. The combined borough took the name "town of Stoke".

In 1919, the borough proposed to expand further and annex the neighbouring borough of Newcastle-under-Lyme and the Wolstanton United Urban District , both to the west of Stoke. This never took place, due to strong objections from Newcastle Corporation. A further attempt was made in 1930, with the promotion of the Stoke-on-Trent
Stoke-on-Trent
Extension Bill. Ultimately, Wolstanton was instead added to Newcastle-under-Lyme in 1932. Although attempts to take Newcastle, Wolstanton and Kidsgrove
Kidsgrove
(north of Tunstall) were never successful, the borough did expand in 1922, taking in Smallthorne Urban District and parts of other parishes from Stoke upon Trent Rural District . The borough was officially granted city status in 1925, with a Lord Mayor from 1928. When the county borough of Stoke-on-Trent
Stoke-on-Trent
initially applied for city status in 1925, citing its importance as the centre of the pottery industry, it was refused by the Home Office
Home Office
as it had fewer than 300,000 inhabitants. The decision was overturned, however, when a direct approach was made to King George V
King George V
, who agreed that the borough ought to be a city. The public announcement of the elevation to city status was made by the King during a visit to Stoke on 4 June 1925.

The county borough was abolished in 1974, and Stoke became a non-metropolitan district of Staffordshire. Its status as a unitary authority was restored on 1 April 1997, although it remains part of the ceremonial county of Staffordshire. For Eurostat
Eurostat
purposes it is a NUTS 3 region (code UKG23).

INDUSTRY

Pottery

Since the 17th century, the area has been almost exclusively known for its industrial-scale pottery manufacturing. Companies such as Royal Doulton , Dudson Ltd, Spode (founded by Josiah Spode ), Wedgwood (founded by Josiah Wedgwood
Wedgwood
), Minton (founded by Thomas Minton ) and Baker ">_ Colorado Bouillons Regina_ and teapots, vitrified tableware by Dudson Brothers Ltd., as exhibited by artists in London's Pimlico Road, 2003

Other
Other
production centres in Britain, Europe and worldwide had a considerable lead in the production of high quality wares. Methodical and highly detailed research and experimentation, carried out over many years, nurtured the development of artistic talent throughout the local community and raised the profile of Staffordshire
Staffordshire
Potteries . This was spearheaded by one man, Josiah Wedgwood
Wedgwood
, who cut the first sod for the canal in 1766 and erected his Etruria Works that year. Wedgwood
Wedgwood
built upon the successes of earlier local potters such as his mentor Thomas Whieldon and along with scientists and engineers, raised the pottery business to a new level. Josiah Spode introduced bone china at Trent in 1796, and Thomas Minton opened his manufactory. With the industry came a large number of notable 20th-century ceramic artists including Clarice Cliff , Susie Cooper , Charlotte Rhead , Frederick Hurten Rhead and Jabez Vodrey .

Coal Mining

North Staffordshire
Staffordshire
was a centre for coal mining. The first reports of coal mining in the area come from the 13th century. The Potteries Coalfield (part of the North Staffordshire
Staffordshire
Coalfield) covers 100 square miles (300 km2).

Striking coal miners in the Hanley and Longton area ignited the nationwide 1842 General Strike and its associated Pottery
Pottery
Riots .

When coal mining was nationalised in 1947, about 20,000 men worked in the industry in Stoke-on-Trent. Notable Collieries included Hanley Deep Pit, Trentham Superpit (formerly Hem Heath, Stafford
Stafford
and Florence Collieries), Fenton Glebe, Silverdale , Victoria, Mossfield, Parkhall, Norton, Chatterley Whitfield and Wolstanton . The industry developed greatly, and new investments in mining projects were planned within the City
City
boundaries as recently as the 1990s. However, 1994 saw the last pit to close as the Trentham Superpit was shut.

The Stoke mining industry set several national and international records. Wolstanton Colliery, when modernised, had the deepest mining shafts in Europe at 3,197 ft. In 1933, Chatterley Whitfield Colliery became the first Colliery in the country to mine one million tons of coal. In the 1980s Florence Colliery in Longton repeatedly set regional and national production records; in 1992 the combined Trentham Superpit (Hem Heath and Florence) was the first mine in Europe to produce 2.5 million saleable tonnes of coal.

Today the mines are all closed, though the scars of mining still remain on the landscape. Slag heaps are still visible on the skyline, now covered with flora and fauna. The Chatterly Whitfield site reopened as a museum two years after its closure in 1976. The museum closed in 1991 and the site became a local nature reserve . It was declared a scheduled monument by English Heritage in 1993. The abandoned subterranean mines are inaccessible, though they still add complications to many building projects and occasionally cause minor tremors, detectable only by specialised equipment.

The Phoenix Trust, an independent not-for-profit foundation, is campaigning to turn Stoke-on-Trent
Stoke-on-Trent
and the wider North Staffordshire Coalfield into a World Heritage Site
World Heritage Site
due to its historic economic significance, its leading role in the industrial revolution, and as the birthplace of Primitive Methodism .

Steel

The iron and steel industries occupied important roles in the development of the city, both before and after federation. Especially notable were those mills located in the valley at Goldendale and Shelton below the hill towns of Tunstall , Burslem
Burslem
and Hanley. Shelton Steelworks ' production of steel ended in 1978—instead of producing crude steel, they concentrated on rolling steel billet which was transported from Scunthorpe by rail. The rolling plant finally closed in 2002. From 1864 to 1927 Stoke housed the repair shops of the North Staffordshire
Staffordshire
Railway and was the home of independent railway locomotive manufacturers Kerr Stuart
Kerr Stuart
& Co. Ltd. from 1881 to 1930.

Shelton Steel Works and the mining operations were heavily involved in the World War II industrial effort. Central to the RAF 's success was the Supermarine Spitfire designed by Reginald Mitchell who, whilst born at 115 Congleton Road in the nearby village of Butt Lane , had his apprenticeship at Kerr Stuart
Kerr Stuart
in 2006 about 1,200 worked there.

GEOGRAPHY

Tunstall Tower Square.

Stoke-on-Trent
Stoke-on-Trent
is situated about half-way between Manchester
Manchester
and Birmingham
Birmingham
and adjoins the town and borough of Newcastle-under-Lyme , which is administered separately and is situated to the west. The city lies on the upper valley of the River Trent
River Trent
at the south west foothills of the Pennines , ranging from 106 to 213 metres (350 to 700 ft) above sea level. The city is considered to be the southernmost end of the Pennines, bounded by the lowlands of the Midlands to the south, including the Cheshire Plain lying west of Newcastle. The Peak District National Park lies directly to the east, and includes part of the Staffordshire
Staffordshire
Moorlands District, as well as parts of Derbyshire
Derbyshire
, Greater Manchester
Manchester
and West and South Yorkshire .

For Eurostat
Eurostat
purposes it is a NUTS 3 region (code UKG23) and is one of four counties or unitary districts that compose the " Shropshire
Shropshire
and Staffordshire" NUTS 2 region .

Stoke-on-Trent
Stoke-on-Trent
is often known as "the city of five towns", because of the name given to it by local novelist Arnold Bennett
Arnold Bennett
and is the only polycentric city in the UK. In his novels, Bennett used mostly recognisable aliases for five of the six towns (although he called Stoke "Knype"). However, Bennett said that he believed "Five Towns" was more euphonious than "Six Towns", so he omitted Fenton (now sometimes referred to as "the forgotten town").

As it is a city made up of multiple towns, the city forms a conurbation (although in this case the conurbation is bigger than Stoke itself, because the urban area of Stoke is now continuous with that of administratively-separate Newcastle).

The six towns run in a rough line from north to south along the A50 road – Tunstall, Burslem, Hanley, Stoke, Fenton and Longton. Although the city is named after the original town of Stoke, and the City
City
Council offices are located there, the city centre is usually regarded as being in Hanley, which had earlier developed into a major commercial centre.

SUBURBS

As well as the Six Towns, there are numerous suburbs including Abbey Hulton , Adderley Green , Ball Green, Baddeley Green , Bentilee , Birches Head , Blurton , Bucknall , Bradeley , Chell , Cliffe Vale , Cobridge , Dresden , Etruria , Fegg Hayes, Florence, Goldenhill , Hartshill , Heron Cross , Meir , Meir Park, Meir Hay, Middleport , Milton , Normacot, Norton le Moors , Packmoor, Penkhull , Sandyford, Shelton , Smallthorne , Sneyd Green , Trentham , Trent Vale and Weston Coyney . Blythe Bridge , although outside the city's boundaries, is part of the built up area.

CLIMATE

Stoke-on-Trent, as with all of the United Kingdom, experiences a temperate maritime climate, lacking in weather extremes. The local area is relatively elevated due to its proximity to the Pennines, resulting in cooler temperatures year round compared to the nearby Cheshire
Cheshire
Plain. However, on calm, clear nights this is often reversed as cold air drainage causes a temperature inversion to occur. As such, the Stoke-on-Trent
Stoke-on-Trent
and Newcastle area are generally not susceptible to severe frosts. The nearest Met Office
Met Office
weather station is Keele University , about four miles west of the city centre.

The absolute high temperature is 32.9 °C (91.2 °F), recorded in August 1990, although more typically the average warmest day of the year should be 27.0 °C (80.6 °F). In total, just under fourteen days should report a temperature of 25.1 °C (77.2 °F) or above.

The absolute minimum temperature stands at −13.3 °C (8.1 °F), recorded during January 1963. In an average year, a total of 48.3 air frosts will be registered.

Rainfall averages around 806 mm a year.

CLIMATE DATA FOR STOKE ON TRENT / KEELE, ELEVATION: 179M, (1981–2010) EXTREMES (1960–PRESENT)

MONTH JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC YEAR

RECORD HIGH °C (°F) 13.3 (55.9) 15.4 (59.7) 20.6 (69.1) 23.7 (74.7) 25.9 (78.6) 32.5 (90.5) 31.3 (88.3) 32.9 (91.2) 26.5 (79.7) 26.8 (80.2) 17.3 (63.1) 14.4 (57.9) 32.9 (91.2)

AVERAGE HIGH °C (°F) 6.2 (43.2) 6.6 (43.9) 9.1 (48.4) 11.8 (53.2) 15.1 (59.2) 17.7 (63.9) 20.3 (68.5) 19.7 (67.5) 16.9 (62.4) 13.0 (55.4) 9.0 (48.2) 6.4 (43.5) 12.6 (54.7)

DAILY MEAN °C (°F) 3.7 (38.7) 3.8 (38.8) 5.9 (42.6) 7.9 (46.2) 11.0 (51.8) 13.7 (56.7) 15.8 (60.4) 15.7 (60.3) 13.3 (55.9) 9.9 (49.8) 6.5 (43.7) 3.9 (39) 9.3 (48.7)

AVERAGE LOW °C (°F) 1.1 (34) 0.9 (33.6) 2.6 (36.7) 4.0 (39.2) 6.9 (44.4) 9.6 (49.3) 11.7 (53.1) 11.6 (52.9) 9.7 (49.5) 6.8 (44.2) 3.7 (38.7) 1.4 (34.5) 5.9 (42.6)

RECORD LOW °C (°F) −13.3 (8.1) −10.0 (14) −9.4 (15.1) −4.7 (23.5) −2.8 (27) 1.4 (34.5) 5.0 (41) 4.6 (40.3) 1.1 (34) −2.5 (27.5) −7.0 (19.4) −12.5 (9.5) −13.3 (8.1)

AVERAGE PRECIPITATION MM (INCHES) 67.9 (2.673) 48.3 (1.902) 58.5 (2.303) 58.0 (2.283) 62.7 (2.469) 67.3 (2.65) 62.1 (2.445) 75.4 (2.969) 69.1 (2.72) 82.7 (3.256) 76.7 (3.02) 77.4 (3.047) 806.1 (31.736)

AVERAGE PRECIPITATION DAYS (≥ 1.0 MM) 13.2 10.4 13.0 11.6 10.8 11.0 11.3 11.6 10.6 13.4 13.5 13.4 143.6

MEAN MONTHLY SUNSHINE HOURS 52.6 71.7 100.4 143.9 182.0 159.4 178.5 167.1 123.4 100.2 58.1 45.5 1,382.9

Source #1: KNMI

Source #2: Met Office
Met Office

DEMOGRAPHY

2011 UNITED KINGDOM CENSUS

COUNTRY OF BIRTH POPULATION

United Kingdom
United Kingdom
228,294

Poland
Poland
1,801

Germany
Germany
693

Ireland
Ireland
571

Italy
Italy
324

Nigeria
Nigeria
323

Turkey
Turkey
257

Ghana
Ghana
154

Kenya
Kenya
150

Portugal
Portugal
125

Lithuania
Lithuania
122

Romania
Romania
101

France
France
91

Spain
Spain
71

Based on the 2001 census, the total population of the city was 240,636 (2011 census, 249,008) in 103,196 households ). This was a decline of 3.5% since 1991. 51.3% of the population is female. 96.3% of the population of Stoke-on-Trent
Stoke-on-Trent
were born in the UK. 94.8% of the population identified themselves as white, 2.6% as Asian British Pakistani, 0.5% Asian British Indian and 0.3% as Black Afro Caribbean. Regarding religion, 74.7% described themselves as Christian, 3.2% Muslim and 13.4% had no religion. In the same census, 19.9% were identified as under 15; 21.0% were over 60. The average age of residents was 38½. A total of 24.2% of non-pensioner households were recorded as having no working adults. In 2011 the population had increased to 249,000. It is the first time that the city's population has grown since it peaked at 276,639 in 1931.

POINTS OF INTEREST

Potteries Museum & Art Gallery

The city's ceramics collection is housed in the Potteries Museum "> The view from Festival Park , site of the National Garden Festival 1986. Terraced housing is a common feature in the city.

Stoke-on-Trent
Stoke-on-Trent
is a world centre for fine ceramics—a skilled design trade has existed in the area since at least the 12th century. But in the late 1980s and 1990s Stoke-on-Trent
Stoke-on-Trent
was hit hard by the general decline in the British manufacturing sector. Numerous factories, steelworks , collieries , and potteries were closed, including the renowned Shelton Bar steelworks. This resulted in a sharp rise in unemployment in the 'high-skilled but low-paid' workforce.

The pottery firm Wedgwood
Wedgwood
and its subsidiary Royal Doulton are based in nearby Barlaston , although much production now takes place in the firm's Indonesian factory. Portmeirion is based in Stoke town, and now owns the Spode and Royal Worcester
Royal Worcester
ceramics brands. Ceramics firm Emma Bridgewater is based in Hanley; Burleigh Pottery
Pottery
is in Middleport; Wade Ceramics is in Etruria; Moorcroft and Royal Stafford
Stafford
are based in Burslem; Aynsley China is in Longton, and is one of the last remaining manufacturers of bone china in the city. Fine china manufacturer Dudson have premises in Hanley and Burslem. Churchill China have their main factory in Tunstall, while hotelware manufacturer Steelite is based in Middleport at the former Dunn Bennett site.

About 9,000 firms are based in the city. Amongst the more notable are bet365 , founded by local businessman and Stoke City
City
chairman Peter Coates ; and Phones4U , a large retailer of mobile phones started by John Caudwell .

The Michelin
Michelin
tyre company has a complex in the city which houses its commercial head office, training centre and a truck tyre re-treading facility. Sainsbury\'s supermarket and The Co-operative Pharmacy have large warehouses in the city. Vodafone
Vodafone
has a large call centre on Festival Park and the UK subsidisary of the lubricant manufacturer Fuchs Petrolub has its head office at its factory in Hanley. There is a steel foundry owned by Goodwin Steel Castings Ltd in Joiner's Square. Premier Foods make Mr Kipling
Mr Kipling
slices and Cherry Bakewells in Trent Vale. The Co-operative Travel had its head office in Burslem, before it merged with Thomas Cook in 2010.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council is the city's largest single employer. Another major employer is the Royal Stoke University Hospital , with over 7,000 staff.

KPMG's _ Competitive Alternatives 2004_ report declared Stoke-on-Trent to be the most cost-effective place to set up a new UK business. The city currently has the advantage of offering affordable business property, while being surrounded by a belt of affluent areas such as The Peak District , Stone , south Cheshire
Cheshire
, and having excellent road links via the A500 and nearby M6 and rail links.

Tourism to the city was kick-started by the National Garden Festival in 1986, and is now sustained by the many pottery factory-shops and tours, and by the improved canal network. Hanley , Stoke-on-Trent City
City
Centre.

The main shopping centre is the Potteries Shopping Centre
Potteries Shopping Centre
in Hanley, which has 561,000 sq ft (52,100 m2) of retail space with 87 units including a Debenhams anchor store , (formerly Lewis\'s ) and major stores for Next , New Look , Monsoon , Gap , HMV
HMV
, River Island , H. Samuel , La Senza , Superdrug , Topshop , Topman and Burton . Marks Majority Labour 2011-2015

Dave Conway Coalition 2015- Coalition between Conservative, Independent and UKIP

LORD MAYOR

Main article: Lord Mayor of Stoke-on-Trent

The position of Lord Mayor
Lord Mayor
is largely ceremonial. The title of Lord Mayor was first conferred on the City
City
of Stoke-on-Trent
Stoke-on-Trent
by King George V on 10 July 1928. The role of Lord Mayor
Lord Mayor
is decided upon by a vote amongst the elected councillors; the candidates are also selected from the councillors. The current Lord Mayor
Lord Mayor
is Councillor Anthony Munday 2016/17.

Between 1910 and 1928 the Borough, and later, City
City
of Stoke-on-Trent had a Mayor rather than a Lord Mayor. The first Mayor of Stoke-on-Trent
Stoke-on-Trent
was Cecil Wedgwood
Wedgwood
of the Wedgwood
Wedgwood
pottery dynasty.

COUNCIL

In May 2011 the electoral map of the city changed. From a council of 60 members representing 20 wards with three councillors each, the size of the council was reduced to 44 councillors representing 37 wards (31 single member wards, five two-member wards and one three-member ward). The change followed a 2008 report by the Stoke-on-Trent
Stoke-on-Trent
Governance Commission to the Secretary of State for Local Government that was highly crtitical of the political system then in use in the city.

Following the local elections in May 2015 , the Labour council in Stoke-on-Trent
Stoke-on-Trent
was replaced by an Independent/Conservative/UKIP coalition .

The political composition of Stoke-on-Trent City Council is currently as follows:

PARTY COUNCILLORS

Labour 20

Independent 16

Conservative 7

UKIP 1

MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT

See also: List of Parliamentary constituencies in Staffordshire
Staffordshire

CONSTITUENCY MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT POLITICAL PARTY YEAR FIRST ELECTED NOTES

Stoke-on-Trent
Stoke-on-Trent
Central Gareth Snell

Labour Party 2017

Stoke-on-Trent
Stoke-on-Trent
North Ruth Smeeth

Labour Party 2015

Stoke-on-Trent
Stoke-on-Trent
South Jack Brereton

Conservative Party 2017

PUBLIC SERVICES

The city's acute hospital is the Royal Stoke University Hospital run by the University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust . It comprises two sites: the Royal Infirmary and the City
City
General. The hospital is being re-built on the City
City
General site which is located on the A34 , London Road.

Community health services are run by Staffordshire
Staffordshire
and Stoke-on-Trent Partnership NHS Trust with mental health services provided by North Staffordshire
Staffordshire
Combined Healthcare NHS Trust .

Policing in Stoke-on-Trent
Stoke-on-Trent
is provided by Staffordshire
Staffordshire
Police , which has police stations in Hanley, Bucknall, Burslem, Longton, Stoke and Tunstall. Stoke-on-Trent
Stoke-on-Trent
Crown Court
Crown Court
and Stoke-on-Trent
Stoke-on-Trent
County Court share a building in Hanley. There is no magistrates\' court . It was situated in the old town hall in Fenton but closed in 2012, all magistrates proceedings now take place in Newcastle. Statutory emergency fire and rescue service is provided by the Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service , which has fire stations in Hanley, Longton, Burslem
Burslem
and Sandyford.

Severn Trent manages Stoke-on-Trent's drinking and waste water.

The city's main library is the City
City
Central Library in Hanley, which is also home to the city's archives. The city council operates eight smaller libraries throughout the city. The council also operates sixteen children's centres, nine local service centres and five "one stop shops" for council services.

RELIGION

Hugh Bourne, founder of Primitive Methodism

Stoke-on-Trent
Stoke-on-Trent
does not have a cathedral, but the city's main, Church of England
England
, civic church, is Stoke Minster . The city is within the Anglican Diocese of Lichfield The city is part of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Birmingham
Birmingham
and the immediate area has six Catholic parishes; they are dedicated to: the Sacred Heart
Sacred Heart
of Jesus , Our Lady of the Angels , Saint George
Saint George
, Saint Gregory the Great , Saint Maria Goretti and Saint Teresa

Primitive Methodism was founded by Hugh Bourne , a native of Stoke-on-Trent, at a public gathering in the nearby village of Mow Cop . He originally followed the Wesleyan form of Methodism
Methodism
but in 1801 he reformed the Methodist service by conducting it outside. He founded the first chapel in Tunstall with his brother in 1811. He promoted Sunday schools as a method of improving children's education, advocated the equal treatment of women and men, and was involved in the temperance movement . It was from the Primitive Methodists that many early trade unions found their early leaders. Also of note is John Lightfoot , a 17th-century churchman and rabbinical scholar.

The city's first purpose-built mosque is due to be completed in 2012. The city's only synagogue closed in 2006, and was replaced with a smaller one in nearby Newcastle-under-Lyme . There are also two Sikh temples, one in Fenton and one in Stoke.

TRANSPORT

MAJOR ROADS

A50 close to Longton.

Stoke-on-Trent
Stoke-on-Trent
is linked to the nearby M6 motorway at junctions 15 and 16 by the A500. Locally the A500 is known as the _D road_, as its loop between the two motorway junctions, along with the straight section of the M6 between the junctions, resembles the shape of a capital letter D. Coincidentally, the number 500 expressed in Roman numerals is _D_.

The A50 provides an east-west link between the M6 and the M1 motorway . The A50 joins up with A500 close to the bet365 Stadium . Improvements to the road network have led to the construction of product distribution centres in the area.

RAIL

Stoke-on-Trent
Stoke-on-Trent
railway station, built 1848.

Stoke-on-Trent railway station is a mainline station on the Stafford- Manchester
Manchester
Line (part of the West Coast Main Line between Manchester
Manchester
and London) and the Crewe- Derby
Derby
Line . Virgin Pendolino train 390029 is named after Stoke-on-Trent. The other railway stations in the city are Longport and Longton both on the Crewe- Derby
Derby
Line . Etruria station was closed in September 2005.

BUS

Local public transport is provided almost exclusively by bus. Bus services are mainly operated by First Potteries
First Potteries
. There are also several smaller companies operating bus services in the city, like D"> Canal on New Leek Road.

The city is served by the Trent and Mersey Canal , which sees traffic of some 10,000 boats a year. Additionally, the Caldon Canal branches off from the Trent and Mersey Canal at Etruria, within the city boundaries, going to Froghall with one branch going to Leek .

CYCLING

As of November 2009 there are 77 miles (124 km) of new National Cycle Network off-road bicycle paths through the city, connecting to the national long-distance paths which were completed in 2005. Together with those in Newcastle-under-Lyme , there are now over 100 miles (160 km) of cycle paths in the urban conurbation. A further £10 million of funding has now been secured for the city's cycling network, to be spent in 2009–2011 through Cycling England
England
's support for Stoke as a Cycling City.

EDUCATION

HIGHER EDUCATION

Staffordshire
Staffordshire
University Stoke campus.

There are four higher education institutions in the local area, the two further education colleges being City
City
of Stoke-on-Trent
Stoke-on-Trent
Sixth Form College and Stoke-on-Trent College . Formerly of Fenton, now located in a newly built structure on Leek Road, the Sixth Form college provides A-level teaching for around 1,800 students. Stoke-on-Trent College is much larger and less specialised, offering apprenticeships and adult education, and has a main campus (Cauldon Campus) in Shelton, and a secondary campus in Burslem.

The city is also home to Staffordshire
Staffordshire
University (formerly North Staffordshire
Staffordshire
Polytechnic), with its main site in Shelton, near Stoke-on-Trent
Stoke-on-Trent
railway station. It gained its university status in 1992 as one of the post-1992 universities . Keele University School of Medicine uses facilities at the Royal Stoke University Hospital in Hartshill . Keele University itself was founded as the University College of North Staffordshire
Staffordshire
in 1949 with major involvement by Stoke-on-Trent
Stoke-on-Trent
City
City
Council, and is located in the nearby village of Keele .

SECONDARY EDUCATION

See also: List of schools in Stoke-on-Trent

The city currently has 15 secondary schools: Birches Head Academy , The Co-operative Academy of Stoke-on-Trent , Discovery Academy , Excel Academy , Haywood Academy , Ormiston Horizon Academy , Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy , St Joseph\'s College , St Margaret Ward Catholic Academy , St Peter\'s Academy , St Thomas More Catholic Academy , Sandon High School , Stoke Studio College (with sites in Longton and Burslem), Thistley Hough Academy and Trentham High School .

A major re-structure of Stoke-on-Trent's high school system was proposed in 2007. As part of these plans several established secondary schools closed or merged including Longton High School (closed 2010), Mitchell High and Edensor High (merged to form The Discovery Academy), St. Peter's CE High School and Berry Hill High (merged to form St Peter\'s Academy ).

POTTERS\' HOLIDAYS

One of the legacies of the pottery industry was Stoke's own version of the wakes week . Although better known in industrial Lancashire, the Stoke week is known locally as the Potters' Holidays or Potters' Fortnight and occurred the last week in June, the first week in July and another week in August. This gave what appeared to be strange school holidays—with the summer term having a two-week break at the end of June, then children returning to school for three weeks before taking a five-week summer holiday. This observance has disappeared from the local schools, due to decreased emphasis on traditional industries.

SPORT

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FOOTBALL

Stoke City's bet365 Stadium , opened in 1997, has a 28,384 capacity.

Stoke-on-Trent
Stoke-on-Trent
is home to two professional Football League teams, and is one of the smaller cities in England
England
that boasts two league clubs. The club bearing the area's name is Stoke City
City
, who were formed in 1863 and is the second-oldest professional football club in England. They currently play at the bet365 Stadium at Sir Stanley Matthews Way, Longton, which has been their home since 1997 when they relocated from the Victoria Ground in Stoke after 119 years. They were among the twelve founding members of the Football League in 1888, but did not win their first (and, to date, only) major trophy until 1972 , when they lifted the Football League Cup . In 1985, they were relegated from the First Division and began a 23-year exile from the top flight of English football which did not end until they won promotion in 2008 , by which time the First Division had become the Premier League
Premier League
. Stoke City
City
reached the final of the F.A. Cup for the first time in 2011 but were defeated by Manchester
Manchester
City
City
. Arguably the club's most famous player of all time is the late Stanley Matthews , who began and ended his League career with Stoke City, sandwiching a 14-year spell at Blackpool
Blackpool
where he played in what became known as the Matthews Final . He also managed Port Vale from 1965 to 1968. He was the first active footballer to receive a Knighthood
Knighthood
. Matthews made 54 appearances for his country , scoring 11 times. There are two statues of Matthews in the city: one in Hanley, and one at the Bet365 Stadium. Vale Park
Vale Park
, home of Port Vale. Completed in 1950, at the time of its construction it was nicknamed 'The Wembley of the North'.

The city's other professional football club is Port Vale , who were formed in 1876 and play at Vale Park
Vale Park
in the Burslem
Burslem
area. Previous stadiums include the Athletic Ground in Cobridge (1886–1913), and The Old Recreation Ground in Hanley (1913–1950). They joined the Football League in 1892 but were forced to resign in 1907 due to financial problems, only to return in 1919 . Their highest league position came in 1931 when they finished fifth in the Football League Second Division . In 1954, while in the Third Division (North) they progressed to the FA Cup semi-final when they were knocked out by First Division West Bromwich Albion at Villa Park . This remains the furthest they have progressed in the competition. Unlike Stoke City, their local rivals in the Potteries derby , they have never played top division football and hold the record for most years spent in the second tier without ever playing in the first. Individuals of note include John Rudge (who managed the club for 16 years from 1983–1999), and Roy Sproson (who made a record 837 appearances for the club from 1950 until 1972, and was later their manager).

In the past there existed Dresden United , a club which was disestablished before the city was federated; amateur clubs Meir KA and Eastwood Hanley operated between 1972–2010, and 1946–1997 respectively. Smallthorne based Norton United and Hanley Town still compete in the North West Counties Football League .

OTHER SPORTS TEAMS

The city speedway team is the Stoke Potters . Speedway was staged at the Greyhound Stadium in Sun Street, Hanley intermittently between 1929 and 1939. In 1947 the Potters were part of the post war boom rising from Division Three of the National League to Division Two before closing in the early-1950s. The Potters were revived in 1960 and they raced in the Provincial League until the end of 1963 when the stadium was closed and the site redeveloped. Speedway was revived at Loomer Road Stadium in Newcastle-under-Lyme, initially as Chesterton, before it reverted to the Stoke name. For many years the Potters raced in the Premier League
Premier League
, the sports second division but as of November 2010 have dropped a division and in 2011 will race in the National League . The stadium is also used for BriSCA Formula 1 Stock Cars and BriSCA Formula 2 Stock Cars during the summer.

The ski race team based at the artificial ski slope in Festival Park compete in national Snowsport England
England
and international FIS Fédération Internationale de Ski
Ski
events.

The city has a number of amateur sports clubs, including rugby union and cricket , the latter competing in the North Staffs and South Cheshire
Cheshire
Cricket
Cricket
League. The cricket ground in Longton is one of the venues used by Staffordshire
Staffordshire
County Cricket
Cricket
Club . As well as the Longton club, Meir Heath Cricket
Cricket
Club are also active, though the County Ground and the Michelin
Michelin
Ground are no longer used for cricket.

Stoke Spitfires was the name of the city's American football
American football
team. The team eventually folded in 1992 after a record of 35-34-1. In 1994 the Staffordshire
Staffordshire
Surge was formed and played their matches in and around Stoke-on-Trent. Currently the team play at Longton Rugby Club in Division One North of the British American Football League .

INDIVIDUAL SPORTS PERSONS

The city has a sporting Hall of Fame, opened in 2011 to honour sporting legends from the city. As of March 2011, it holds the names of Stanley Matthews and Phil Taylor , legends of football and darts respectively, were the first names to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. They were quickly followed by Port Vale legend Roy Sproson , and England's World Cup winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks
Gordon Banks
(who spent five years with Stoke City).

The World Professional Darts Championship was hosted in the Jollees venue in the south of the city from 1979 to 1985. Phil Taylor has won the World Championship a record 16 times, winning the championship in both the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) and British Darts Organisation (BDO). Two-time PDC World Champion Adrian Lewis
Adrian Lewis
and two-time BDO World Champion Ted Hankey are also from the Stoke area. Other
Other
well-known players from or based in Stoke include Chris Mason , Andy Hamilton and Ian White .

World champion squash player, Great Britain and England
England
international Angela Smith , was born in the city and was largely responsible for the ladies' game going open. She is regarded as one of the most famous players of British squash. Wicket-keeper Bob Taylor , who played for Derbyshire
Derbyshire
and England
England
was born and still lives in the area. He represented England
England
58 times and still holds the world record for the most number of dismissals in the first class game (1649). In golf, Trenthams' David Lynn , the golfer, (born 1973) was the KLM Open Champion of 2004.

Other
Other
notable sports people from the area include footballers turned TV pundits Mark Bright , Garth Crooks and Robbie Earle ; tennis player Andrew Foster ; snooker players Dave Harold and Jamie Cope ; field hockey player Imran Sherwani ; cycling world-record holder Tommy Godwin , wrestler Peter Thornley (better known as Kendo Nagasaki ), professional strongman Eddie Hall and European taekwondo champion Charlie Maddock .

CULTURE AND ARTS

Burslem
Burslem
School of Art

SCIENCE

Oliver Lodge
Oliver Lodge
(1851 – 1940) was a British physicist and writer involved in the development of, and holder of key patents for, radio. He was born in Penkhull . William Astbury (1898 - 1962) was an English physicist and molecular biologist who made pioneering X-ray diffraction studies of biological molecules. He was born in Longton.

VISUAL ART

The major art gallery is The Potteries
The Potteries
Museum & Art Gallery , located in Hanley. It contains a collection of fine ceramics, a rotating programme of exhibitions and a permanent collection. In 2010, it became one of the permanent homes of the Staffordshire
Staffordshire
Hoard , the most important collection of Anglo-Saxon gold yet found.

The city's Cultural Quarter in Hanley contains the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, the Regent Theatre and the Victoria Hall . There are also smaller elements, including the independent Dazed Gallery and AirSpace, the city's only contemporary art gallery, artist-led and artist run. The Artbay Gallery in Fenton has a contemporary range of original works as well as limited editions. It is also the home of many of North Staffordshire's most renowned painters, including "The Potteries Lowry" aka Sid Kirkham, Vicky Mount, Dale Bowen, Kelvin Evans and Harry Davies.

Edwardian School of Art in Burslem
Burslem
has been refurbished with £1.2 million, and is now run without a public subsidy. The Hothouse Centre for Ceramic Design, and the Roslyn Works complex of craft studios operate in Longton. Also based in Burslem
Burslem
is the Barewall Gallery, which has a large collection of work by local artists including original art by Arthur Berry (The Lowry of The Potteries), Jack Simcock, and by new emerging Potteries artists.

Stoke-on-Trent
Stoke-on-Trent
is the birthplace of several artists including Arthur Berry (also a novelist, playwright & poet), Glenys Barton (sculptor), Arnold Machin (sculptor, coin ">_ The Golden_ sculpture in March 2017.

The outskirts of Tunstall will became home to a new public art statue called _Golden_ in 2015. The 69 ft (21m) steel work of art by Wolfgang Buttress was privately funded with £180,000 Section 106 monies and will be made from COR-TEN Steel , the same material as the _Angel of the North _. The tapered lozenge design features powerful LED lights that will illuminate 1,500 glass prisms containing the written wishes or memories of local residents. Each prism will be suspended from the main body of the sculpture by a short arm, giving the artwork a bristly appearance. It will be located on the current site of the Potteries Pyramid , which will be moved to a nearby roundabout.

In October 2013 a sculpture commemorating the efforts of miners to rebuild the Czech village of Lidice
Lidice
devastated during the Second World War was unveiled. The 6.8 metres (22 ft) high steel sculpture cost £100,000 to build and features 3,000 tags bearing the initials of people who promise to share the story of the 1942 Lidice
Lidice
Shall Live movement. North Staffordshire-based Dashyline was commissioned by Stoke-on-Trent City Council to create the artwork, which has been installed near Hanley bus station.

THEATRE

The city's main theatre is the 1,603-person capacity Regent Theatre , which is in Hanley. Nearby is the main concert hall, the Victoria Hall . The purpose-built theatre in the round New Vic Theatre is just outside the city's boundary in Newcastle-under-Lyme. The Victorian Kings Hall in Stoke town hall is used for smaller events. In Burslem, the Queens Theatre has been refurbished and restored at private expense. The Stoke-on-Trent
Stoke-on-Trent
Repertory Theatre is based in Stoke and puts on amateur productions. The previously city council-run Mitchell Arts Centre , based in Hanley, completed its £4.3m refurbishment in 2011 and is now known as the Mitchell Arts Centre. It is named in honour of one of the city's most famous sons, Reginald Mitchell , designer of the legendary World War II fighter plane, the Spitfire
Spitfire
.

CINEMA

On 17 December 2015 a new 9 screen Cineworld Cinema opened in Hanley. It is situated at The Hive which is an extension to the Intu Potteries shopping centre. There is an Odeon multiplex cinema on Festival Park. The independent volunteer-run art-house cinema, The Stoke-on-Trent Film Theatre, is located very near the railway station, and shows art-house and subtitled films, as well as films that have finished their run in larger cinemas.

LITERATURE

Arnold Bennett, raised in Hanley.

Through the works of Arnold Bennett
Arnold Bennett
, described by some as the greatest realist writer of the 20th century, the "Six Towns" were sometimes known as the "Five Towns". In his novels, Bennett wrote about local events in the 19th century and consistently changed all proper names and associations, thus Hanley became Hanbridge and Burslem
Burslem
became Bursley. It is thought that Bennett chose to write about five towns, rather than six, because he refused to acknowledge Fenton as a proper town. The "Six Towns" were not federated until 1910 when Fenton was still relatively new; it was also the smallest in terms of population and area. Bennett also changed the name of the local newspaper from _The Sentinel_ to _The Signal_, an identity that was subsequently adopted by the city's commercial radio station.

Other
Other
notable contributors to literature include Elijah Fenton (poet), Peter Whelan (playwright), John Wain (poet, critic and scholar), Pauline Stainer (poet) and Charles Tomlinson (poet, graphic artist, translator, editor and critic).

In Jorge Luis Borges ' novel " The Garden of Forking Paths ", Dr. Yu Tsun goes to a suburb of Fenton to meet Stephen Albert.

YOUNG POET LAUREATE

Since 2010, the council's library service has run a competition to appoint a Young Poet Laureate for the city. This is a competition for local poets aged between 11 and 19. The first winner was Daniel Tatton, and he was succeeded in 2011 by Bethanie Hardie.

MEDIA

The city's main daily newspaper is _The Sentinel _, based in Hanley. BBC Radio Stoke was launched in 1968, the third BBC
BBC
local radio station to begin broadcasting. Local commercial radio stations include the Signal 1 and Signal 2
Signal 2
along with a Christian community radio station called Cross Rhythms City
City
Radio . Max FM broadcast nationally from Stoke-on-Trent. Community Radio station 6 Towns Radio is based in Burslem, having been formed in 2010. The United Christian Broadcasters UK headquarters and broadcasting centre for national TV and radio programming is also based in Stoke-on-Trent, with sites in Hanchurch and Hanley.

Television news is covered by Birmingham-based BBC
BBC
Midlands Today , and ITV Central and also in certain parts of the city by Manchester-based BBC
BBC
North West Tonight and ITV's Granada
Granada
. Stoke-on-Trent
Stoke-on-Trent
is to be part in the second wave of UK cities after 2012 to get its own local TV Station. Startup costs will be shared with the BBC
BBC
but the station is expected to pay its own way with advertising.

The city enjoys a considerable on-line presence. The _ Pits n Pots _ website was launched in October 2008 as a site to discuss local news. Tunstall and Burslem
Burslem
are served by the _MyTunstall_ website. The wider potteries area is served by _The Potteries_ website, which includes a number of articles and historical materials. These sites are in addition to the council, tourism board, local museum websites and those dedicated to different communities across the city.

FAMOUS ENTERTAINERS

Stoke has been the birthplace of many actors, including Hugh Dancy who has been in _Black Hawk Down _, Freddie Jones , Alan Lake (widower of Diana Dors ), Adrian Rawlins , Hanley Stafford (American radio actor, born Alfred John Austin in Hanley), Jonathan Wilkes and Neil Morrissey
Neil Morrissey
, star of _ Men Behaving Badly _. Hollyoaks actress Rachel Shenton is also from the area. Paul Bown Comedy actor was born in Fenton .

Several nationally recognised TV presenters have been born in the area including Frank Bough , who presented _Nationwide _ and _ Breakfast Time _; Anthea Turner
Anthea Turner
from _ Blue Peter _; and Nick Hancock , who chaired the comedy quiz show _They Think It\'s All Over _ and was host on _ Room 101 ._ Bruno Brookes , the former BBC
BBC
Radio 1 disc jockey, hosted the station's breakfast show and presented _Top of the Pops _. Master illusionist Andrew Van Buren was born in the area and is still based there, although he is more often found performing out of the country. Vocalist Carl De Marco was born in the area, and also studied at Stoke-on-Trent
Stoke-on-Trent
City
City
Performing Arts College Burslem.

MUSIC

Stoke has a vibrant music scene. The Golden Torch , a local nightclub, became the centre of the Northern soul
Northern soul
scene in the early 1970s. Shelley\'s Laserdome nightclub in Longton played a pivotal role in the house and rave scene of the late 1980s and early 1990s, helping launch the career of Sasha and featuring regular appearances from Carl Cox
Carl Cox
, until it was eventually shut down by Staffordshire Police . The Void, a Hanley nightclub, developed a sister relationship with Sankey's Soap in Manchester, helping the latter to revive its fortunes during the late 1990s via the promotion of a club night called _Golden_.

There are three venues in the city that host regular touring bands: Victoria Hall, The Sugarmill and The Underground. Lemmy, born in Burslem
Burslem

Robbie Williams is the most famous pop star to hail from the city. Many of his songs refer to Stoke-on-Trent, either directly or indirectly. These include "It's Only Us", " Burslem
Burslem
Normals", "The 80's" and the spoken introduction to his duet with Jonathan Wilkes of the song "Me and My Shadow". The song "Angels" was partly inspired by the golden angel at Burslem
Burslem
Town Hall. In 2015, three streets in a new housing estate in Middleport were named after Williams' hit songs: Supreme Street, Candy Lane and Angels Way.

Slash , the lead guitarist for Guns N\' Roses and Velvet Revolver was born in Hampstead
Hampstead
, but his father was originally from the Potteries, and he spent a few of his early childhood years in Stoke before moving to Los Angeles. He did not meet the British side of his family until 1992 when Guns N' Roses played Wembley Stadium . Slash has recalled in interviews and his autobiography that his Stoke relatives drank all of the band's considerable rider: "I witnessed one of my uncles, my cousin, and my grandfather, on his very first trip to London from Stoke, down every drop of liquor in our dressing room. Consumed in full, our booze rider in those days would have killed anyone but us."

Lonnie Cook is a rock 'n' roll guitarist and local celebrity who played with Screaming Lord Sutch in the 1970s. He is remembered in the area for his Radio Stoke show _Sunday Best_, and for standing as a Monster Raving Loony Party candidate. In 2010 he started getting airplay on a New York
York
radio station for his 1994 song "Knock Me Down, Pick Me Up". This led to the song being released for mp3 download in the USA and the UK.

Other
Other
notable individuals and groups from the area include Andy Moor who is a DJ and producer, Gertie Gitana (music hall star and singer), Lemmy
Lemmy
, the founder of the rock band Motörhead , Patricia Leonard (singer/contralto ), Jem Finer (banjoist, The Pogues), Broken Bones and Discharge (punk band). Post-hardcore band Spy Versus Spy came from Stoke-on-Trent. Experimental musician Phil Todd, best known for his Ashtray Navigations project, grew up in Madeley. Other
Other
bands to hail from the city include: _ This Is Seb Clarke _ (soul-punk), _Agent Blue _ (alternative rock), _Epilogue _ (prog rock), _ All the Young _, _ The Title
The Title
_ (indie) and indie-soul band _Tommy Turbo "> Potteries Oatcake.

Staffordshire
Staffordshire
oatcakes (very different from the Scottish version and traditionally made in corner-shop style oatcake bakeries) are a much-loved local culinary speciality. They remain popular although are no longer the cheap alternative to bread. Oatcakes can be eaten cold or hot with any sweet or savoury fillings. Lobby , a stew not unlike Lancashire hotpot
Lancashire hotpot
, is still made by local people.

STOKE PRIDE

Stoke Pride is the city's annual pride march that has been running since 2005, although it was not officially called Stoke Pride until 2008. It is a celebration of the city's LGBT
LGBT
community and attracts visitors from many different areas across the country and the globe. There were talks about such an event in 2003, but the idea was faced by opposition from the local BNP councillors and their supporters. Originally held in Hanley, the event was held at Northwood Park until 2016 and has since moved to Hanley Park in 2017 attracting over 7000 attendants, six times the amount of the previous year. The events official website is stokeontrentpride.org.uk

DIALECT

Main article: Potteries dialect

The Potteries
The Potteries
has a distinctive local dialect . Whilst it contains many non-standard words (e.g. _nesh_ meaning "soft, tender, or to easily get cold"; and _slat_ meaning "to throw" ), the best known word is _duck_, which is used as a greeting to either men or women. It is believed to be derived from the Saxon word _ducas_, used to indicate respect; in Middle English this became _duc_ or _duk_, which denotes a leader; in turn, it became the title _ Duke
Duke
_ and the Old French word _duché_, which indicates the territory ruled by a Duke.

Another common variation on the standard English dialect is the use of the word _shug_ for sugar. This is usually used as a term of endearment when closing a sentence, as in "Ta Shug" (thank you, sugar).

A local cartoon called _ May un Mar Lady (Me and my Wife)_, published in the newspaper _The Sentinel _ and written in Potteries dialect , first appeared on 8 July 1986 and ran for over 20 years. Since the death of cartoonist Dave Follows in 2003, the full twenty-year run (7,000) of _May un Mar Lady_ strips are being republished in _The Sentinel_ as _ May un Mar Lady Revisited_, keeping the dialect alive for another twenty years.

Alan Povey's _ Owd Grandad Piggott _ stories which have aired on BBC Radio Stoke for a number of years are recited in the Potteries dialect by the author.

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