a large city in Staffordshire with a population of nearly a quarter
of a million people. The city, in the West Midlands, is famous for
its pottery industry and is considered by many to be the home of the
The city is made up from Stoke, Hanley, Tunstall, Fenton, Longton
and Burslem. These old towns all form part of the new city that
spams nearly forty square miles.
The pottery industry in Stoke-on-Trent began in the 17th century and
many renowned companies like Royal Doulton, Wedgwood, Minton and
Spode were either formed or based in the city.
The nearby Trent and Mersey Canal allowed Stoke-on-Trent to import
clay from Cornwall that was the catalyst behind the bone china
industry. Stoke-on-Trent has seen other industries thrive including
the iron and steel industry.
The nearby town of Talke was birthplace to R. J. Mitchell, the
inventor of the Supermarine Spitfire plane. During the Second World
War Stoke-on-Trent's Shelton Steel Works provided support for the
industrial war effort.
The cultural options and nightlife in Stoke-on-Trent have greatly
improved in recent years with Hanely, in particular, being popular
for its restaurants, bars and theatres.
Stoke-on-Trent is situated in an excellent location for transport
links. The M6 motorway is the closest motorway.
Stoke-on-Trent Railway Station provides train services on the
Stafford to Manchester Line. Trains travel on this line from
Manchester to London making commuting easier for local residents.
Local bus transport in Stoke-on-Trent is provided by Potteries Motor
Traction and several other companies. National Bus services operate
from the city to further away destinations.
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