Stoke-on-Trent

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. Journey time to and from London is usually about 95 minutes on the fastest services. There is a large taxi rank at the rail station. Be careful when travelling from Stoke-on-Trent station as the station displays and staff are not very helpful in distinguishing between express and stopping trains to the same destination, and trains frequently run out of timetable order. For example, there are often two trains to London Euston at around the same time, but one is takes much longer than the other. The same applies when the destination is Manchester Piccadilly where there three different operators. Virgin Trains tickets are marked 'VIRGIN ONLY' and CrossCountry tickets are marked 'XC Only'. It also helps to know the train companies. Train spotters do not have this problem! By bus The majority of bus and coach routes into the city arrive at Hanley Bus Station in the City Centre. National Express and GorillaBus coach services serve Stoke-on-Trent from most cities in the United Kingdom. There are also services that serve Newcastle-under-Lyme which is a fifteen minute bus ride from the City Centre, Hanley. The main bus operator in Stoke-on-Trent is First who provide services throughout North Staffordshire and South Cheshire. By narrowboat Around 10,000 visitors arrive in the city annually by canal narrowboat, on the Trent and Mersey and Caldon Canal. There are free moorings at Trentham, Barlaston, Etruria Lock 38, Longport, Westport Lake, and at the Harecastle Tunnel. By bicycle The city is on the National Cycle Route No.5, which runs through the city on off-road paths. Get around Place names in Stoke-on-Trent can be confusing for the newcomer. The six original towns that federated to form the modern-day conurbation city formed in 1925 continue to have their own identity, giving it a polycentric nature. Thus, asking for directions to the "city centre" may be regarded with bemusement from locals. The now commercial centre of Stoke-on-Trent is Hanley and is rapidly becoming its administrative one too - having until now been Stoke-upon-Trent or just Stoke, where the railway station is located. Roadsigns to the "City Centre" point to Hanley. Stoke-on-Trent has an intricate public transport service and, while buses are usually easy to come by, although many stops are open to rain and wind. Bus information is also relatively limited, so services such as Transport Direct and Traveline can be helpful. Hanley Bus Station is the main transport hub for buses in the city and virtually all areas of the city are reachable from here. There is a tourist information offices located here and maps of required routes are published and easy to find. In order to reach the bus station, it is necessary to catch a bus from outside the station; otherwise, it is a long walk. The city has over 100 miles of excellent off-road bicycle paths, on old railway and mineral lines, and canal towpaths. A free map is available from the Tourist Office, who will also be able to advise on cycle hire. Taxis are also widely available. See Stoke-on-Trent is historically renowned for its pottery industry (hence its nickname of '''The Potteries'''). Although the industry has suffered from cheap foreign imports and is now in decline, many of the major manufacturers of high-quality pottery still have headquarters in the area including Spode, Wedgwood and Royal Doulton. There are numerous factory shops dotted around the city, including the Potteries Shopping Centre, in Hanley. '''Gladstone Pottery Museum''' is a popular tourist spot for all the family and features numerous activities including a chance to see the famous bottle kilns of the city. Also very popular is '''Burleigh''', one of the last remaining fully working family-run Victorian potteries. '''Trentham Gardens''' is a large public park area served by bus routes from the city centre (Hanley). There is a small admission charge, but various activities are available there such as a petting zoo and children's adventure playground. Depending on the weather it is also possible to rent boats and jet-ski's for fun on the expansive lakes and the natural beauty of the Gardens can be exquisite. "The Monkey Forest" with free-ranging Barbary macaques can also be found here but requires a separate admission fee (currently £5.50 for adults, £4.00 for children from 3 – 14 years, free for children under 3). The '''City Museum and Art Gallery''' in Bethesda Street is well worth a visit, housing a world-class ceramics collection and also a preserved Spitfire, in memory of its designer, Reginald Mitchell, a native of Stoke. Do '''Festival Park''' has a wealth of activities. There is a ski slope and toboggan run, ten-pin bowling, a large cinema, shopping, a canalside pub, Waterworld, a four-star hotel, and a large park created from the site of the National Garden Festival. Stoke-on-Trent has a thriving gay community and the city centre features several bars and nightclubs aimed at the gay and lesbian individuals. The Three Tuns and the adjoining The Club are two of the most renowned gay venues in the city along with Bar Monique. They can be found east of Hanley Bus Station travelling towards Bucknall. Other bars and clubs include Pink Bar and Lounge, Number 3, Blush Cabaret Bar and to be opened in March 2008, The Waterboard. There is a large purpose-built skateboarding park at Forest Park. There are numerous theatres in the city. The Queens in Burslem, The Regent, Mitchell Memorial and Victoria Hall in Hanley, the New Vic in Basford, the rep at Stoke. The university campus (near Stoke railway station) has a public arts cinema that shows intelligent films. Near to Stoke are the '''Keele Arboretum''', '''Biddulph Grange Garden''' (The National Trust), '''Alton Towers''' (a giant theme park), and the '''Peak District National Park'''.Consall Hall landscaped gardens are nearby and in a beautiful setting. Buy The main shopping facilities are to be found in Hanley the City centre of Stoke-on-Trent. One would be able to find the usual high street stores and includes the second largest Primark in the United Kingdom. The main shopping attraction for Stoke-on-Trent is the factory shops of the pottery companies. Only Portmeirion, Wedgwood, Dudson and Emma Bridgewater continue to manufacture pottery in the city, and the factory shops can offer heavy discounts on what will be called "second quality" goods, that often have only very minor defects that are frequently very difficult to tell from the main shop goods. Otherwise, shopping is not something that one would come to Stoke-on-Trent for. The city centre of Hanley offers nothing that cannot be found elsewhere. However it still offers a wide range of stores which would fulfill the needs of any traveller with needs of supplies. Most pottery factory shops will offer a postal delivery service, so that one does not have to carry fragile or heavy items onto a plane when returning home. Eat Stoke-on-Trent is renowned for a delicacy known as the '''Staffordshire Oatcake''' and many Oatcake shops can be found throughout the city. The oatcake resembles a pancake in look and is a mix of flour, oatmeal, salt, yeast and water. It is often served with melted cheese and a choice of either (or all!) sausage, bacon and tomatoes. Drink The pubs of Burslem are renowned, and '''The Leopard''' and '''The Bull's Head Inn''' are to be recommended as authentic English pubs.The Congress Inn in the Longton area is a nice friendly real ale pub with a large choice of good beers, as is The Malt & Hops in Fenton. Monday Night is student night in Hanley and students from Staffordshire and Keele Universities and many other young people from the region converge on the city centre. Many of them are chain pubs, with The Reginald Mitchell (JD Wetherspoon), Walkabout, Chicago Rock Café and Reflex all represented and popular with the locals at weekends. There do remain some traditional pubs in the centre, all of which have been somewhat battered over the years by the chain venues. Most people wanting to stay out for the night will finish their evenings in either Liquid (around £5 entry), which features mainstream music or, the slightly further away Underground which specialises in rock indie music and sometimes has live acts. This costs £2 to enter on a Monday, and four quid on a Saturday. Cans of Red Stripe lager will set you back around three pounds. Sleep The George Hotel, located in Burslem, is a fine hotel in an area not known for its accommodation options. The Stoke-on-Trent Moat House is a four-star hotel on Festival Park, part of which was originally the mansion of Josiah Wedgwood. The North Stafford Hotel is directly opposite the railway station, which is adequate and conveniently-located for sleeping arrangements. Otherwise, there are a range of hotels available in the surrounding countryside, including options at Alton Towers. Stay safe Stoke-on-Trent as a whole is a safe city. As with anywhere care must be taken especially at night, avoid walking alone in dark places. However, if you wish to sample the nightlife, there's no need to avoid the city centres: simply show the same common sense as you would elsewhere, for example by sticking with a group of friends. As with the rest of the UK, in any '''emergency''' call '''999''' or '''112''' (from a land-line if you can) and ask for Ambulance, Fire or Police when connected. It is free to call the Emergency Services from Payphones. Go next The locale of Stoke-on-Trent makes it ideal to visit other cities in the Midlands and North-West of England. While the city in itself suffers from a long period of industrial neglect and might not be immediately visually appealing, the surrounding areas of countryside are especially pleasant. The Peak District Peak District National Park can easily be reached from Stoke-on-Trent, either by catching the Sheffield-bound bus from Hanley Bus Station, or by catching a train to Edale or other place in the Hope Valley, with a change at Manchester. Birmingham (Birmingham (England)) can be reached on the M6 motorway heading southbound and takes roughly an hour to reach. There are hourly train services most of the day that cost about £12 return and in fifty minutes take one right into the heart of Birmingham (at New Street Station) with its '''Bull Ring Shopping Centre''' which features around 140 stores and is one of the largest shopping centres in Europe. Birmingham is home to '''Aston Villa Football Club''', one of the oldest in England and one of the founders of the football league. Their stadium, '''Villa Park''', lies on the outskirts of the city in Aston. They share a healthy rivalry with the more centrally located '''Birmingham City Football Club''' based at '''St. Andrews''' stadium. Heading northbound on the M6 Motorway one can reach Manchester, the UK's third largest city (behind London and Birmingham) which is excellent for shopping and sightseeing. It also has one of the biggest gay and lesbian communities in the country. As with Birmingham, Manchester is roughly an hour away by car and cheap train fares are available which will take you right into the centre of the city. '''Old Trafford''' is the home of the world-renowned '''Manchester United Football Club''' and tours of the ground are available. Liverpool is another location that is easily accessible from Stoke-on-Trent, being slightly north of Manchester and roughly a ninety minute journey by car. Cheap rail fares are available but often require a train change along the way and consequently can take up to two hours to reach. Liverpool is famous for its docklands, museums and being the home of '''The Beatles'''. It is also the home of the historic '''Liverpool Football Club'''. The historic city of Nottingham lies to the east of Stoke-on-Trent and once again is easily accessible by car or train. Many coach operators run regular services to Nottingham taking around ninety minutes to two hours and details are available from the tourist information office at Hanley Bus Station. Nottingham is a city renowned for its beauty and medieval architecture and Robin Hood enthusiasts will find much to do there. The county town of Stafford is a place to visit to sample traditional British life and culture. It is around twenty minutes from Stoke-on-Trent via car or train and bus services take around forty minutes from Hanley Bus Station. Stafford is known for its magnificent parks, architecture and its bustling yet traditional high street. WikiPedia:Stoke-on-Trent by morgan Dmoz:Regional Europe United Kingdom England Staffordshire Stoke-on-Trent


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have played at the ground since 1950. Later works The ''Geisha'' one-shot (one-shot (comics)) comic marked a dramatic shift in Watson's style, bringing in stylistic influences from European creators such as François Avril and Dupuy and Berberian, but retaining the slow pacing of long-form Manga. This came to fruition with ''Breakfast After Noon'', a "slice of life" story set in the industrial city of Stoke-on-Trent in Great Britain Britain


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;Robert Copeland, ''Spode'', p. 4. In 1776, he bought the old pottery works at Stoke Robert Copeland, ''Spode'', p. 5 Fig. 3 shows the record of purchase. which had formerly been the property of William Banks (in partnership with Turner), on the same site as the later Spode factory which continued operating into modern times. His business in creamware (a fine cream-coloured earthenware) and in pearlware (a fine white-glazed earthenware), was very successful


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a small but busy mainline railway station that has frequent inter-city services to most destinations in the United Kingdom. There are regular services from Manchester Piccadilly Station, which offers a connection to Manchester Airport. There is a direct fast service from Stoke-on-Trent to the train station at Birmingham International Airport. Stoke-on-Trent can be reached from London through London Euston railway station, with services running every 20 minutes at peak times


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clay in geometric pieces all shaped to fir to for a perfect square, Glasgow cast iron works by MacFarlane's & Co. and Art Nouveau48 stained glass windows. The mansion was originally built with careful attention to the principles of Feng Shui.The domestic annex is built in front of it to prevent any road being built to create a T-Junction in front of it; it has water running through a meandering network of pipes that begin from the eaves of the roof, channeled through the upper ceiling, down the walls collecting in the central courtyard before being channeled away from the property via a similar network of pipes, in this case, underneath the entire flooring system and is built with a step in the middle to create a slope (to ride on the dragons back). The two men became the first Westerners to be executed under Malaysia's new tougher laws for drug offences that prescribe death for anyone convicted of having over 50 grams of heroin. Barlow was born in the UK in Stoke-on-Trent and held dual British and Australian nationalities. by morgan Dmoz:Regional Europe United Kingdom England Staffordshire Stoke-on-Trent


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section of the M6 between the junctions, resembles the shape of a capital letter D. Additionally, the number 500 expressed in Roman numerals is ''D''. The A50 (A50 road) cuts through the city, providing an east-west link between the M6 and M1 motorways. Improvements to the road network have led to the construction of product distribution centres in the area.


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(for this year only) to the '''Goya Matchroom Trophy''' due to sponsorship from Matchroom (Matchroom Sport) and Goya. The International Open name returned the following year and the sponsorship was overtaken by BCE (1986 and 1989) and Fidelity Unit Trusts (1987 and 1988). After 1989 the went to a two year hiatus. Youth teams Born in Fenton (Fenton, Staffordshire), Stoke-on-Trent, Allen attended Hanley, Staffordshire Hanley


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developed their characteristic drum beat, for which the D-beat subgenre is named. Roberts commented in 2004 that "I just wanna be remembered for coming up with that f-ckin' D-beat in the first place! And inspiring all those f-ckin' great Discore bands around the world!" Glasper, Ian (2004). ''Burning Britain: The History of UK Punk 1980-1984'', p. 175. Cherry Red Books. Discharge's inspiration for the style has led it to be referred to as "discore"


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70649 alan-lake index.html Alan Lake movietome.com Donnelley, Paul (2003) ''Fade to Black: A Book of Movie Obituaries'', Omnibus Press, ISBN 978-0-7119-9512-3, p. 221-2 He studied acting at RADA, and began to work in television roles in 1964. DATE OF BIRTH 24 November 1940 PLACE OF BIRTH Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England DATE OF DEATH 10 October 1984

Stoke-on-Trent

'''Stoke-on-Trent''' ( . Together with Newcastle-under-Lyme and Kidsgrove, Stoke forms the Stoke-on-Trent Built-up Area. With the neighbouring boroughs of Newcastle-under-Lyme (Newcastle-under-Lyme (borough)) and Staffordshire Moorlands, the three form North Staffordshire, which in 2011 had a population of 469,000.

The conurbation continues to be polycentric (Polycentrism), having been formed by a federation of six separate towns and numerous villages in the early 20th century. The settlement from which the federated town (it was not a city until 1925) took its name was Stoke-upon-Trent, where the administration and chief mainline railway station (Stoke-on-Trent railway station) were located. After the union, Hanley (Hanley, Staffordshire) emerged as the primary commercial centre in the city, despite the efforts of its rival, Burslem. The three other component towns are Tunstall (Tunstall, Staffordshire), Longton (Longton, Staffordshire) and Fenton (Fenton, Staffordshire).

Stoke-on-Trent is considered to be the home of the pottery industry in England and is commonly known as the Potteries (Staffordshire Potteries). Formerly a primarily industrial conurbation, it is now a centre for service industries (Tertiary sector of the economy) and distribution centres (Distribution (business)).

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