Fenton - one of the Six Towns of Stoke-on-Trent
Tunstall Burslem  Hanley  Stoke-upon-Trent Fenton  Longton



"The sound of the phrase 'Six Towns' is not so good as the sound of the phrase 'Five Towns'. 'I' in 'Five' is an open vowel. 'I' in 'Six' is a closed vowel, and is not nearly so striking. To my mind a broad sounding phrase for the district was very important. It is also to be remembered that Fenton had not then the same status as it has now. People ask me why, if I left out Fenton, should I put in Tunstall. The reason is that I did not like the sound of "Four" and that Tunstall, although then not a borough, had a more separate entity than Fenton. It also had a Chief Bailiff."
Arnold Bennett on why he left Fenton out of his 'Five Towns' novels

 Arnold Bennett
| Arnold Bennett's Fenton

The works of Masons Ironstone China, Victoria Square, Fenton

The Mason family were producers of the famous 'Patent Ironstone China'

Fenton has few notable landmarks and lacks a distinct centre, although it actually occupies the largest area of any of the Six Towns.

"LANE DELPH and FENTON are situate between Stoke and Lane End, and Cobridge between Hanley and Burslem; - they are small places, but contain some extensive pottery works, employing a considerable population, which are included in the returns for the townships to which they severally belong." 
1841 journal

"Christ Church (1839), rebuilt 1890, is a brick building in Dec. style. The church of St. Michael and All Angels (1887) is in E. Eng. style. F. contains Wesleyan, Primitive Methodist, and Methodist New Connexion chapels. The townhall was erected in 1889.
Earthenware article are manufactured on a large scale, and the population is rapidly increasing. F. Manor House commands and extensive view."
1898 journal

Dates in the history of Fenton

1740 - By this date Thomas Whieldon had opened a small pottery in Fenton Low. Josiah Spode I was one of his apprentices. 

1795 - Thomas Whieldon dies (March).

1888 - Fenton's Town Hall built in Albert Square. Designed by Robert Scrivener & Son. Paid for by William Meath Baker.

1894 - Tunstall and Fenton became urban districts. 

Dates in the history of Stoke-on-Trent

Facts about Fenton from old journals

Fenton separates Stoke and Longton, and also adjoins Hanley. 

Fenton is a purely industrial place. Within its boundaries there are numerous china and earthenware manufactories, the locomotive and waggon works of the N.S. Railway Company, Along the entire length of High-street and King-street (its continuation towards Longton), except for stretches here and there, are numerous shops. Fenton has some excellent and wide thoroughfares. It is governed by an Urban District Council


"Walks" and articles on Fenton
and the surrounding area

Fenton - the centre of the universe? Where is Fenton? It is nowhere unless like Stan Bate you believe it to be the centre of the universe.

A circular walk around Fenton - Exploring the buildings, potworks, coal mines and the Baker family who built and shaped much of Fenton.

Fenton Park
A walk around Fenton Park - One of the later of the City parks - Fenton park was opened in 1924 on the site of Broadfield Colliery at Fenton Low, it was extended in 1957.
Lane Delph - following Roman Road is a route back in time.
Lane Delph in detail - The name "Delph" means a digging, such as a claypit or quarry. 'Drowned in a delph' appears as a cause of death in Staffordshire parish registers.- Lane Delph was one of the earliest populated areas in Fenton and home to a number of early pottery works and families.
Lower Lane - majestic church symbol of towering aspirations.
  Lower Lane in detail - Lower Lane lay on the boundary of Little and Great Fenton It covers the area at the junction of the road now known as City Road (previously High Street West and east) and a track which is the current Glebedale Road.
 Grove Road in detail - Early potters walked the track from Lower Lane to Lane Delph: It is not at all fanciful to speculate that a number of famous and early potters journeyed along the track which is today known as Whieldons Road, Grove Road and Duke Street.

Pottery manufacture - Fenton's greatest manufacturer was Thomas Whieldon, the most pivotal figure of 18th C pottery. 

Other distinguished Fenton potters include Miles Mason and his son Charles and the firm of Baker.

List of potters who were located in Fenton

Fenton from W. Yates' A Map of the County of Stafford, 1775
from W. Yates'
A Map of the County of Stafford,
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maps on Fenton


Fenton Town Hall

on Fenton's Town Hall

Bottle Kilns:

Kilns at Heron Cross Pottery
There are 4 bottle & calcining kilns left in Fenton.

on Burslem's arms

Listed buildings in Fenton

"Albert Square is the centre, lopsided, as two sides are grand, the other two mean."

Pevsner and the buildings of Fenton

Historical Fenton
Fenton Churches
Fenton Pubs
Fenton Streets

Postcards of Fenton...

Library c.1910

War Memorial

Old Lloyds Bank