15 Facts About Stoke/Newcastle

Here’s another little series of blog posts.  Something to keep you all going, and so that Vegas seems so much more exciting when I start blogging about that!

1) Stoke-on-Trent is home to over 25 pottery companies, including famous ones such as Royal Doulton, Wedgwood and Minton

2) Reginald Mitchell, designer of the Spitfire, was a Stoke local

3) Michelin tyres had their first UK plant there

4) Novelist Arnold Bennett was Stoke born and bred

5) Stoke is just ten miles from Alton Towers – one of Britain’s best known attractions

6) Phones4U and Bet365 were both created and based in Stoke-on-Trent

7) The Staffordshire Hoard – found by a man with a metal detector – is on permanent display in Stoke, and is the most important collection of Anglo-Saxon gold yet found

8) Stoke is the birthplace of Hugh Dancy, Jonathan Wilkes, Neil Morrissey, Nick Hancock and Robbie Williams, amongst many many others

9) The New Vic Theatre in Newcastle Under Lyme is Europe’s first purpose built theatre-in-the-round

10) The captain of the Titanic, who went down with his ship, was a Stoke lad.  Captain E J Smith

11) Sir Oliver Lodge – who invented the spark plug – was also a Stoke lad

12) Not to forget Sir Stanley Matthews the footballer.  He was born in Stoke and began his career at Stoke City football club

13) Wedgwood’s factory, opened in 1769, was one of Britain’s first large factories

14) Stoke is still the largest clayware producer in the world

15) Stoke-on-Trent is a city of six towns

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About Colette Horsburgh

A 30-something creator/baker/writer/doodler/crafter living with several (but not enough) scatty animals.
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