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Burslem School of Art in Burslem

Burslem School of Art in Burslem


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Few heritage towns can boast such a wealth of interesting sites and buildings concentrated in such a small area as Burslem town centre.

Many buildings in use today date from the 18th and 19th centuries. Using local clays for materials and local coal for firing, Burslem soon became a centre for pottery manufacture, and carried the title "Mother Town of The Potteries". Some of the early manufacturers included Adams and Wedgwood.

Although the North Staffordshire area is known as the Potteries, Burslem is where it all began and why it is called "The Mother Town". Famous names like Wedgwood had their first factory in Burslem in the 1700's, remnants of which were uncovered in 1999 when the Channel 4 Time Team series came to town.

In addition, Burslem is where many other famous pottery names started out in business, such as Royal Doulton, Wade, Wood & Sons, Burleigh, Moorcroft, Dudson, Churchill, Steelite, Moorland, Price & Kensington, Enoch Wood, Living Glaze and Royal Stafford, which interestingly now also manufacturers another world-famous ceramics name, Poole Pottery, from the historic factory in Burslem town centre.

Currently the following brands still operate in Burslem and welcome visitors to their factory shops; Burleigh, Dudson Factory Shop, Moorcroft Factory Shop, Moorland Pottery, Poole Pottery and Royal Stafford.

Burslem has got some of the richest architecture of any of the six towns which makes up the City of Stoke-on-Trent. With almost forty Grade 2 Listed structures in & around the town centre, including may of the City's remaining 47 bottlekilns, it is worth visiting to see the grandeur of many of the listed buildings. These include the Wedgwood Institute and the School of Art on Queen Street, the dominating Old Town Hall on Market Place which now houses the educational ceramic showcase called Ceramica, the magnificent Italian-styled St Joseph's Catholic Church on Hall Street, or to visit the splendour of the Leopard Hotel which used to be known as the "Savoy of the Midlands", has been frequented by people such James Brindley, Josiah Wedgwood & Charles Darwin, has recently featured on UK Living's Most Haunted TV series, and is about to undergo a major refurbishment to bring many of the 102 rooms back into use.

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Map reference: SJ 868498  Lat: 53.04529 Long: -2.19833


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