Stoke-on-Trent Local History


help to make the North Staffordshire Coalfield a World Heritage Site




North Staffordshire Coalfield a World Heritage Site?

David Martin, a local heritage lawyer and regeneration consultant, wants to make the North Staffordshire coalfield a World Heritage Site.

If he is successful, it would follow in the footsteps of places such as St Paul's Cathedral and Hadrian's Wall.

He has to convince a panel of experts that the area is "outstanding" and "valuable to the community".

David, who went to school in the Potteries, only started preliminary research on the project a year ago.

And there is still a long way to go before any official contact can be made with either UNESCO or English Heritage.


During the next few months, buildings in the Potteries, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Biddulph, Mow Cop, Kidsgrove, Audley, Chesterton, Silverdale and Knutton will be photographed.

We need you to help to ensure that no historic building is left out and invite them to nominate churches, schools, factories, shops and other buildings for inclusion in the survey.


Buildings may be nominated by emailing David Martin at

When making a nomination, please give the building's name and address
along with your reasons for nominating it.



Some of the buildings which have already been nominated for inclusion in the survey include the following - see if your favourite it there and if not please think about adding it:

1.Kidsgrove Area

  • Mow Cop Castle
  • Victoria Hall (Kidsgrove Town Hall)
  • St Martin's Church and the Market Cross (Talke)
  • Harecastle Tunnels

2. Biddulph Valley

  • Biddulph Grange
  • Knypersley Church
  • Chatterley Whitfield
  • Ford Green Hall

3. Tunstall

  • Jubilee Buildings and Tunstall Pool
  • Sacred Heart Catholic Church

4. Burslem

  • Wedgwood Institute
  • Old Town Hall (Ceramica)
  • Burgess, Dorling & Leigh (Middleport Pottery)

5. Hanley

  • Old Telephone Exchange (Marsh Street)
  • Bethesda Church

6. Stoke

  • Winton Square (Stoke Station and North Stafford Hotel) 
  • Stoke Minster 
  • Greyhound Inn (Penkhull) 

7. Fenton

  • Library
  • Albert Square (Christ Church and Town Hall)

8. Longton

  • Gladstone Pottery Museum
  • Longton Town Hall and Market
  • Meir Heath Windmill
  • Queen's Park

9. Newcastle

  • Guildhall
  • Catholic Church (London Road)
  • Orme Boy's School (Higherland)



see examples of buildings in North Staffordshire Potteries area


Hanley Deep Pit - 1968
Hanley Deep Pit - 1968

photo: Ken & Joan Davis