Longport

Longport is an area within Stoke-on-Trent. However, the Western platform of the station is located in Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough, in Staffordshire. The name and importance of Longport arrived with the completion of the Trent and Mersey Canal in 1777. The station buildings were designed in the Jacobean style, with blue brick diapering and prominent dutch style gables, by the architect Sir Henry Arthur Hunt. They are now Grade 2 listed.

The station was originally called Burslem after the nearby town, but was renamed Longport in 1873 when Burslem Station on the Loop Line opened closer to the town.

 

Home Of Arnold Bennett (1867 – 1931)

The author Arnold Bennett was born in the Potteries and wrote novels and short stories set in the “Five Towns”. He changed local place names, thus Longport Station becomes Shawport Station and Burslem becomes Bursley. In 1952 a film was made of Bennett’s “The Card”, starring film legend Alec Guinness as Denry Machin. Some key scenes were filmed on the streets of Middleport and in
Burslem.

The Bursley Trail Map, created by the Arnold Bennett Society, allows visitors to visit many of the locations in his stories.

 

Places to Visit

 

Cherished Chimneys

Cherished Chimneys is a 2 minute walk from the station.

Cherished Chimneys exhibits an amazing range of reclaimed chimney pots, of local and national interest. Home of the Original Brown Betty Teapot exhibition. Many of the chimney pots and teapots are for sale.

Middleport Park

Middleport Park is a 15 minute walk or 5 minute cycle from the station.

Access the canal at Canal Street and turn right along the towpath. Cross the canal at Milvale Street, then turn right along a track to access the park.

Middleport Park is a beautiful green space by the canal, with a bowling green, a children’s play area and a regular programme of free events.

Trent and Mersey Canal

Trent and Mersey Canal is a 5 minute walk or 3 cycle from the station.

Walk along Station Street, turning left at the main road (A5271). After a few minutes turn left onto Canal Street to access the canal. 

Completed in 1777, the most ambitious engineering project of its time, this canal connected the Potteries with the Bridgewater Canal (and the port of Liverpool) with the rivers. A 73 mile long, safe and efficient trade route was created, particularly useful for the export of fragile tableware.

Middleport Pottery

Middleport Pottery is a 15 minute walk or 5 cycle from the station.

Turn right along the canal towpath at Canal Street, then follow the Wayfinding signage to Middleport Pottery, Middleport Pottery is an award winning visitor destination and Victorian pottery factory.

Burleigh have been producing their distinctive handcrafted ware here since 1889. Why not combine a factory tour or self-led heritage trail with a visit to the Burleigh Factory Shop or to one of the site’s six open-door studios? The Clay College Gallery and canal-side Tea Room are also on site. The site is wheelchair accessible and dogs are welcome.

Westport Lake

Westport Lake is a 20 minute walk or 6 cycle from the station.

Turn left along the canal towpath at Canal Street.

This is Stoke-on-Trent’s largest expanse of open water and an important home to overwintering birds. There is a smooth and level footpath around the lake of about 1 mile. The Westport Lake Visitor Centre is a great place to stop for wildlife information and refreshments. A children’s play area is available by the car park and there are regular family activities on wildlife themes.

Burslem

Burslem is a 22 minute walk or 7 cycle from the station.

Walk along Station Street and cross over the main road (A5271) using the pedestrian crossing. Turn left, then turn right at a large roundabout to follow Newcastle Street (A5051) into Burslem.

Burslem is the “Mother Town” of the Potteries, where the area’s pottery industry started in the 1700s. Josiah Wedgwood, master potter and entrepreneur, was born in Burslem in July 1730 and ran his first pottery works at Ivy House, then Brick House, both in Burslem. He also cut the first sod of the Trent and Mersey Canal at Brownhills, Burslem.

There are many beautiful and historically important buildings to be seen in Burslem. The following are a selection of the town’s 27 listed buildings: the Wedgwood Institute, the former National Westminster Bank, St Joseph’s Church, The Leopard Inn, the former “Big House”of the Wedgwoods, the former Fountain Pottery Works, Burslem Methodist Sunday School, the School of Art.

Burslem is also the home of Titanic Brewery, supplier of local cask and bottle beer to pubs and clubs across Staffordshire and beyond.

The town also offers pottery factory shops, an art gallery, pubs and restaurants.

Burslem Park

Burslem Park is a 35 minute walk or 12 cycle from the station.

Recently restored, this is a beautiful park with a Victorian terrace garden and ornamental fountains; restored buildings, including a café; a lake and a Pulhamite rockery. There is also a children’s play area, tennis courts, skate facilities, a multi sports court and toilets.

Port Vale Football Club

Port Vale Football Club is a 35 minute walk or 12 cycle from the station.

Vale Park, home of Port Vale Football Club, is located on Hamil Road, Burslem. Robbie Williams, who grew up in the area, can occasionally be spotted in the crowd!

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