LONGTON

Grid Ref: SJ 908 436 at Railway Station
Date: 27 November 2008

Pottery Works
The Commerce Pottery Works on Commerce Street is a grade II listed building
Butcher Former pub
A Family business founded in 1834 The former Cricketers Arms built in 1876
George and Dragon Bridge
The George & Dragon in Heathcote Road Times Square railway bridge over traffic island & Crown Hotel beyond
Town Hall Detail

Frontage of the Town Hall in Times Square.

Detail on Town Hall. Vis unita fortior means Unity is strength
View from station Phoenix Pottery
View from the railway station platform of the Crown Hotel Phoenix Pottery Works as viewed from Longton Railway Station
Phoenix Works Boundary Pottery Works
The Phoenix Pottery Works of 1881 on King Street The Boundary Pottery Works on King Street was built in 1819.
Pottery Church
Gladstone Pottery Museum, Uttoxeter Road St. James the Less from Normacot Road.

 

These photographs taken on a short walk in Longton showing some of the industrial heritage near the Town Hall and Railway Station.  In March 1865, Longton and Lane End were incorporated as the Borough of Longton. On 1 April 1910, Longton was one of the six towns which amalgamated to form the county borough of Stoke-on-Trent, along with Hanley, Tunstall, Fenton, Burslem and Stoke-upon-Trent. Together with Rochdale, then in Lancashire, Longton was host to the first Workers Educational Association tutorial classes. R. H. Tawney, known as "the patron saint of adult education", taught the classes for three years starting in January 1908. Arnold Bennett referred to Longton as Longshaw in his novels centred on the Potteries towns.

The square was first formed in 1789 and the town hall built in 1844. This was replaced by the current building in 1863, designed by Burrill. St. James the Less was built between 1832 and 1834 by T. Johnson. It was funded by the Church Commissioners and cost £10,000.

Sources: 

The Buildings of England, Staffordshire, by Nikolaus Pevsner, Penguin, 1974, ISBN 0 14 071046 9
Wikipedia article on Longton

 

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