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Historic Gardens zone from the 1986 Stoke Garden Festival 

The festival, mainly on the site of Shelton Steelworks, transformed a desolate area into an attraction which brought hundreds of thousands of people to North Staffordshire for the first time.

At the opening ceremony, Conservative Environment Secretary Kenneth Baker predicted 5,000 people would work on the trade zone created when the festival closed. Twenty-five years later, 6,200 people work in Festival Park and adjoining Etruria Valley about 3,000 of them on the original festival site.

  

 

Eagles and Acorn finials on walled garden area - left over from the 1986 National Garden Festival
Eagle and Acorn finials on walled garden area - left over from the 1986 National Garden Festival

photos: April 2012

 

 

looking through the entrance into Marina Way and onto the Trent & Mersey Canal
looking through the entrance into Marina Way and onto the Trent & Mersey Canal

The finial is an architectural device, typically carved in stone and employed decoratively to emphasize the apex of a gable or any of various distinctive ornaments at the top, end, or corner of a building or structure. 

Finials were once believed to act as a deterrent to witches on broomsticks attempting to land your house roof.

 

 

Marina Way - on the left is entrance to the walled garden zone
Marina Way - on the left is entrance to the walled garden zone 

 

on the left the continuation of the walled area and the entrance to the Elizabethan Way
on the left the continuation of the walled area and the entrance to the Elizabethan Way
in the background is the Moat House Hotel and to the right Josiah Wedgwood's Etruria Home  

 

driving down Marina Way to the Toby Pub can be seen this brick obelisk which is at the start of the historic gardens zone
driving down Marina Way to the Toby Pub can be seen this brick obelisk which is at the start of the historic gardens zone  

 

 

 


National Garden Festival Site 2012 - identified sites & features

 

 

the brick obelisk at the start of the historic gardens zone
the brick obelisk at the start of the historic gardens zone

 

Etruria - The Spirit of the Future
Etruria 
The Spirit of the Future
Presented by
Steetley Brick & Tile Limited
1986 

 

the view from the obelisk towards the Elizabethan Way, in the foreground the Star & Moon Pool and beyond that the Grand Fountain Pool
the view from the obelisk towards the Elizabethan Way, 
in the foreground the Star & Moon Pool and beyond that the Grand Fountain Pool

 

the Star & Moon Pool
the Star & Moon Pool 

 

Etruria Hall - originally built between 1768 to 1771 as a home for Josiah Wedgwood
Etruria Hall - originally built between 1768 to 1771 as a home for Josiah Wedgwood 

 

Marina Way at the Festival Park
Marina Way at the Festival Park
at the bottom of the map is the Marina on the Trent & Mersey Canal
to the middle top is Etruria Hall and the Historic Gardens 

Google Maps

 

the garden in front of Etruria Hall has been maintained but the rest of the Historic Gardens is run down
the garden in front of Etruria Hall has been maintained 
but the rest of the Historic Gardens is run down  

Bing Maps

 

also see..


Etruria Hall

1986-2011, 25th Anniversary National Garden Festival, Stoke-on-Trent

Giant knit and Crochet Flowers - one of the celebration events


 

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