Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Where Stoke-on-Trent all began

Bridge 129 (Brownhills) on the Trent & Mersey Canal

This is - arguably - the place that the Potteries was launched as a modern industrial centre. 
Here at the very undistinguished Bridge 129 (Brownhills) Josiah Wedgwood made the first cut, in July 1766, on what was to become the Trent & Mersey Canal, one of the great highways of central England.

Without the canal, would the Potteries have been able to develop?