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The Potteries Through Time
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The Potteries Through Time (Paperback)

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Renowned for their illustrious ceramic manufacturing heritage, the Staffordshire Potteries originally centred upon the six towns: Tunstall, Burslem, Hanley, Stoke-upon-Trent, Fenton and Longton. The modern city of Stoke-on-Trent was created from these six towns and around fifty villages. In 'The Potteries Through Time', author Mervyn Edwards presents a nostalgic visual chronicle of the towns and villages in the Potteries across the decades.

In his previous 'Through Time' books, Mervyn Edwards focused upon each of the six towns individually, this latest volume explores the hills and hollows between the centres whilst also offering new archive photographs of the main towns We find shabby back streets cowering in the shadow of enormous coal tips - the Potteries' own 'black hills', there are industrial hotspots and busy suburbs. Then there are the proud old chapels and pubs and the even prouder people that patronised them. Stoke-on-Trent was not a pretty place, but as the proverb tells us 'where there is muck there is brass', and the fascinating six towns landscape came to be captured by all manner of writers, artists and photographers.

This collection of archive photographs is an engaging book that charts changing times and the shifting identity of the Potteries. It will be of immense interest to local residents, visitors and all those with links to the area.

History & PoliticsLocal interest, family history & nostalgiaLocal historyHistory & PoliticsLocal interest, family history & nostalgiaPlaces in old photographs Publisher: Amberley Publishing Publication Date: 15/05/2021 ISBN-13: 9781398100480  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Mervyn Edwards is the author of many published books on North Staffordshire history and is a weekly columnist for the Sentinel's The Way We Were nostalgia magazine. He has appeared on BBC TV's The One Show and Twenty Four Hours in the Past, and is a familiar voice on Radio Stoke. He was a local history tutor for the Workers' Educational Association for eight years and helped to develop the education department at the now-defunct Chatterley Whitfield Mining Museum, where he often acted in period drama for school groups. Mervyn runs an annual history programme in North Staffordshire. He is also MC of Burslem History Club and a member of the Potteries branch of the Campaign For Real Ale (CAMRA).

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