A Grand Tour of the Potteries

This section is based on a unique collection of the drawings which Neville Malkin published in the Evening Sentinel Newspaper between March 1974 and August 1976. In that time he drew a wide variety of the buildings of the North Staffordshire Potteries. This section contains all 110 of them together with the original text and new photographs and background information where available.

As well as within the city of Stoke-on-Trent Neville included some buildings in the nearby town of Newcastle-under-Lyme and some locations outside the potteries conurbation reaching to Sandbach in the north and Eccleshall in the south.    

"The Potteries is a little-known but fascinating region. Its buildings have a characteristic quality that reflects the vigour of the Victorian and Edwardian eras when most of them were built. Buildings represent history in bricks and stone; each has its story to tell - how it came to be built, by whom and when; buildings also change with time and are eventually demolished."



To Navigate.....
click on "next" to step through the pictures
or click on the pictures to go straight to the area

next: South of the Potteries - Holy Trinity, Eccleshall

buildings south of the Potteries

buildings in and around Newcastle

buildings north of the Potteries

buildings of Tunstall and the surrounding area

buildings of Burslem

buildings outlying the town centres

buildings of Etruria

buildings of Hanley

buildings of Stoke



Neville Malkin, A.R.C.A., graduated from the Royal College of Art, London in 1963 and became a lecturer in graphic design at Saint Martin's School of Art, London. From 1965 to 1971 he was a lecturer at Stoke-on-Trent College of Art, subsequently the North Staffordshire Polytechnic.

From 1971 to 1976 he worked as a freelance designer, and began writing articles about buildings in the Potteries in March 1974 for the Evening Sentinel.

In 1974 he lectured to students on the B.A. Graphics course at Newcastle-upon-Tyne Polytechnic, and subsequently was appointed Director of Visual Communication at Teesside College of Art.

Sadly Neville died in 2001 after a long illness - this section is a tribute to his keen eye and fondness for Stoke-on-Trent.


The publishers of the sketches in book form were the Ironmarket Press who have since ceased trading and their business/portfolio was not taken over by another company. The sketches and text have already appeared in the Evening Sentinel newspaper during 1974 and 1975 and I believe that the reproduction here does not infringe any copyright - if this affects you then please email me: Steven Birks


pen and ink sketches are by Neville Malkin, photos are by Steve Birks unless otherwise noted - thanks for all those who contributed photos. Many are from www.geograph.org.uk and are copyright of the photographer and reproduced under the Creative Commons Licence