Then & Now: Remembering the Rose & Crown, Etruria


Built around the 1860s and situated in the heart of the Potteries industrial landscape, the Rose and Crown pub was a hub of the community for decades and a staple for tired and weary workers from the surrounding ironworks, mines and potbanks.

Rose & Crown: Then

The 10-bedroom house was said to cost £1,000 when built by Thomas Draycott.

It wasn’t until some years later that the property gained its licence to be an alehouse, and so started to prove a popular location for those living or working in the area.

Around 80 ironworkers met there on trade union business in 1884.

The Rose and Crown, Etruria is pictured in 1991. This popular pub had coal fires, but ultimately closed to be converted into offices. Photgraph courtesy of Mervyn Edwards.

More recently, prior to the pub’s demise, it was notable for its ‘bin lid’ meals, and in 1985 was voted CAMRA Potteries Pub of the Year.

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The Way We Were

Eventually its life as a public house diminished, and during the 1990s it was turned into a business premises.

  • Do you have memories of the Rose & Crown? If so 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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