Derelict Beauty in Stoke-on-Trent

I’ve written previously about my love of derelict buildings, finding the beauty in the unexpected. Sadly, Stoke-on-Trent has a lot of derelict spaces, but they still emanate such beauty that makes me stop in my tracks to photograph them.

I’ve recently been discovering more of Longton, where there are wonderful places such as the Shala yoga studio and Glost House within Phoenix Works. But I also noticed it’s abandoned beauty, the untouched architecture, wonderfully shaped windows, beautiful colours from the layers of chipped paint, top floors with a forest growing from within.

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After visiting a Christmas Market at Spode Works, I took a little walk around the back of Spode’s former potbank site and came across a huge open space, covered in puddles creating an amazing atmosphere awash with interesting reflections.

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After passing through Burslem recently, I noticed how many beautiful buildings there were, most of them derelict. I made a plan to return a few days later, this time with my camera.

Queen Street is home to The Wedgwood Institute, a very ornate and beautiful building, with wonderful terracotta panels illustrating the months of the year and corresponding zodiac signs above. I was glad to read that it is to be turned into an enterprise centre – preserving this beautiful space.

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Opposite, is Burslem School of Art, a former art school which now offers gallery space, exhibitions, pottery studio and various courses. It has amazing huge windows. I am yet to explore inside but its certainly on my list.

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I walked up and down this street and couldn’t get over the beauty of the architecture, so many gorgeous windows and amazing facades.

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Further up the road I came across these murals depicting potters at work.

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The Town Hall is a stunning heritage building, standing at the centre of Burslem and was empty for some time before I believe being used as part of a sixth form college.

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One of my favourite buildings I discovered was The Old Post Office with its original post box.

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I took so many photos whilst walking around this town, coming across building after building that looked as though I imagine it did years ago.

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Sadly, part of this Sunday School was destroyed in a fire and then later demolished, but these grand pillars still remain as a listed building within Burslem.

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Towering above Burslem is the 3 bottle kilns at Acme marls, reminding us of Stoke’s potter heritage. It is an important landmark within the city.

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Appetite, an arts programme within Stoke-on-Trent, have recently announced a new event in Burslem Town Centre over three evenings in January, where they are illuminating heritage buildings and setting the streets aglow with lighting, showing off the beautiful corners of the town. I love this idea to show off Stoke’s buildings and celebrate their beauty and stunning architecture.

 

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