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Cobridge, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire.


Cobridge School:

Sneyd Street appears on the 1775 William Yates map of Staffordshire. In the 1680s there were only three or four small houses at Cobridge but by the mid 1770s a distinct settlement had come into existence in the vicinity of the cross road formed by Sneyd Street, Grange Street and Elder Road.
 

View up Sneyd Street from Elder Road
View up Sneyd Street from Elder Road

 

By 1766 the population of the district had increased to the point where provision was made for the construction of a school to serve the area. 

 

Site of the Old School House, 
Site of the Old School House, 
Erected 1766 Demolished 1897.

The original trust deed for the school was made between Thomas Fenton of Newcastle Gent. and 57 trustees including Josiah Wedgwood and John Hales devised:

ďa piece of land in Cobridge containing 120 sq yards lying on the north side of the road leading from Cobridge to Burslem & a dwelling house & other buildings erected upon it for the purpose of a school for the education and instruction of children, & a Public hall for the purpose of meetings for transacting public affairs in Cobridge & its neighbourhood". 

Cobridge School - the front of which faced Elder Road 
Cobridge School - the front of which faced Elder Road 
Sneyd Street is the road on the right.
(from Scarratt: "Old times in the Potteries" 1906)
 

 


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