Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire 

 

Current 'Did you Know?'

This cyclecar was manufactured The Menley Motor Co. in Stoke-on-Trent in 1920

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Previous 'Did you Know?'
John Livesley - was a Potteries man who fought in the American Civil War.

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The State of the North Staffordshire Potteries Towns in 1845
From:
the Second Report of The Commissioners for inquiring into the State of Large Towns and Populous Districts.
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The famous writer H. G. Wells based a short story "The Cone" on Shelton Iron Works which he saw when he stayed in Basford.
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Arnold Machin (born in Stoke-on-Trent) is renowned for the creation of the British postage stamp portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
He made national news in 1956 when he chained himself to a gas lamp at the Villas.
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The Potteries Loop Line was a railway line that served several towns in Stoke-on-Trent. It ran from the main line at Stoke, through Etruria, Hanley, Burslem, Tunstall and Goldenhill to re-join the main line at Kidsgrove.
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Lane End and Longton were two separate townships?
Confusion often arises over the location and names of  Lane End and Longton. Originally they were two separate and contiguous townships which were incorporated in the of Borough of Longton in 1865.
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Gertie Gitana - the famous 1st World War solidiers 'sweetheart' and music hall singer was born in Stoke-on-Trent

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Stoke-on-Trent is sinking - because of the coal and ironstone mining  there have been incidents of buildings sinking many feet and also holes opening up in the fields and roads. By using satellite imaging it was showed that over a 2 year period between a large portion of Stoke-on-Trent sank by up to 80mm.
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There were two "ETRURIA" potter works - one in Staffordshire, England and one in Trenton, America.. 
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Josiah WEDGWOOD was a keen advocate of the slavery abolition movement. 
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Thomas WEDGWOOD was a pioneer in the field of photography 
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The sky-line of Stoke-on-Trent was once dominated by 1000's of  smoky bottle kilns
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The famous writer, Rudyard Kipling, was named after a lake near Stoke-on-Trent?
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Josiah Wedgwood I had his right leg amputated because of smallpox?
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