Then & Now: Remembering life on Market Street, Longton


Running through the centre of Longton, Market Street has seen a momentous amount of change since the town’s creation in 1865.

At one time a rich and vibrant industrial town, it became federated into the county borough of Stoke-on-Trent in 1910, and then into the city of Stoke-on-Trent in 1925.

MARKET STREET, LONGTON, C.1908. THE OLD TRAM CAR.

Over these years Market Street was a hive of business and social meetings with the likes of the Heathcoate Arms playing host to many of these interactions.

Today the railway station and ‘girder’ bridge, which stand at the end of the street, remain a landmark of the town and signal one end of Market Street itself as it runs on to Times Square.

Tram lines used to run the length of the cobbled road, while companies such as Salter & Salter played an important part in the town’s development.

Market Street, Longton, Today

Taking a walk through Longton and down Market Street today, it is easy to feel a certain level of pity for its current state.

Gone are the cobbles, now covered with tarmac as the trams and lines which once were a permanent daily fixture have been replaced by cars and traffic lights, as even the train station has seen needs dwindle over the years.

Do you have memories of the Potteries past you would like to share? Please get in touch with Adam Gratton at The Way We Were, Sentinel House, Bethesda Street, Hanley, ST1 3GN, call 01782 864255, or email adam.gratton@reachplc.com





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