Copyright Camera in the City – The Phoenix Trust 2013
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Emergency work to stabilise the old Spode factory in Stoke has been extended for another six weeks.
The heritage building was leaning at a dangerous angle and workmen discovered more structural problems when removing its façade.
Elenora Street will remain cordoned off until the premises have been made safe and traffic is being diverted along Hartshill Road onto Shelton Old Road.
The work is expected to be completed sometime in April.
Pete Price, Assistant Director for Technical Services, said: “We are dealing with an historic structure that is located in a conservation area which makes this a delicate and time consuming project. I would like to thank motorists, traders and shoppers for their patience while this vital work is carried out and to assure people that it will be completed as quickly as possible.”
Stoke-on-Trent City Council hopes to sell the Stoke Town Development Site, which includes the Spode Works, the Civic Centre, the Town Hall, the King’s Hall and Gordon House.
Already 29 organisations have shown an interest.
Engineering consultants Wardell Armstrong have been commissioned to carry out structural surveys of buildings on the site and a flood risk assessment.
Councillor Ruth Rosenau, cabinet member for regeneration, planning and transformation, said: “The results of these preparatory surveys will make the site more attractive to interested parties and help to secure a development partner to regenerate the area.”
Money from the sale of the site will be used to help finance the new civic centre which is being created in Hanley.
Isolated from the main railway network that was constructed in the 1830s, North Staffordshire’s pottery industry had to rely on canals for raw materials and to distribute its products.
During 1835, leading industrialists made plans to build a railway linking The Potteries to the national network.
These plans were forgotten when North Staffordshire was hit by a recession. Factories and mines closed. There were strikes and lock outs culminating in the Chartist Riots and the Battle of Burslem in 1842.
Two years later, pottery manufacturer William Copeland, who was also a Member of Parliament, called a series of meetings to discuss building railway links to Manchester, Liverpool and Birkenhead.
The North Staffordshire Railway Company was formed to construct the Churnet Valley Line and lines running from Macclesfield and Crewe through The Potteries to Norton Bridge, Colwich and Burton-on-Trent.
The company’s first line ran from Stoke to Norton Bridge. Opened for goods traffic on April 3rd, 1848, the line started carrying passengers shortly afterwards.
Between 7.30am and 8.00am on Monday, April 17th about 80 people made their way, by carriage and horse drawn omnibus, to the 18th century mansion in Fenton built by Thomas Whieldon which had been turned into a temporary railway station.
They entered the building and bought tickets to travel on the first passenger train from Stoke-on-Trent to Norton Bridge which stopped at Trentham and Stone.
Just before 8.00am a bell rang. The passengers got on the train. The engine driver blew the locomotive’s whistle. He opened the throttle. Clouds of steam engulfed the platform. Smoke poured out of the locomotive’s funnel and the train began to move slowly. It quickly gathered speed and was soon travelling at 25 miles a hour, terrifying cattle and sheep grazing in trackside pastures.
A temporary station had been built at Stone, where the train stopped for several minutes enabling passengers to get out and view the construction work taking place there. They saw men constructing a line from Stone to the Trent Valley Railway’s mainline at Colwich that would provide a direct route for express trains running between Stoke and London. At the junction, where the Colwich line joined the Norton Bridge line, an Elizabethan style station, with corn and cheese warehouses, coal yards and cattle pens, was being built.
A bell rang and the passengers rejoined the train. The train left Stone and arrived at Norton Bridge just half a hour after it had left Fenton. Passengers got off and caught a mail train that took them to Stafford which they reached before 9.00am.
Copyright Betty Cooper – The Phoenix Trust 2012
Market traders in Stoke are holding two charity days in aid of the Dot Griffiths Cancer Appeal and Animal Rescue.
The first charity day takes place on Saturday, June 23rd and the second is being held on Saturday, July 7th.
There will be lots of activities including ‘Guess the Cake Weight’, ‘Guess the Doll’s Name’, Raffles and a Sponsored Exercise Bike Ride as well as performances by by a Belly Dancer and a Boy Piper.
Parking is free at Stoke Market on Saturdays.
Support the market by buying locally.
Come to both charity days and help the market traders raise money for two great charities.