Hello and Welcome

Bell Works, Pottery Industry

Hello and Welcome to North Staffordshire Heritage.

Our mission is to research North Staffordshire’s history and use its unique heritage and culture to encourage regeneration by giving local people pride in the past, confidence in the present and hope for the future.

Since 1990, our historical geographer Betty Cooper and her husband international heritage lawyer David Martin have undertaken significant original research into North Staffordshire’s history and architectural heritage.

Born in The Rookery, Betty was educated at Brownhills High School in Tunstall and at Manchester University where she wrote her thesis on the economic development of The Potteries.

Betty’s researches enabled her to produce the first map of medieval Tunstall, which was a market town and an administrative centre surrounded by six fields.

Topics that have already been studied include:

  • Architects and Heritage Buildings
  • Schools and Colleges
  • Hospitals and Workhouses
  • Industry and Commerce
  • Churches and Chapels
  • Roads, Railways and Canals
  • Parks and Gardens
  • Local Personalities
  • Theatres and Cinemas.

To make the information obtained available to the public, North Staffordshire Heritage is publishing a series of books and booklets based on these researches.

The first booklet “The History of Tunstall Market” will be published later this year.

For more details email David Martin at daymar727@talktalk.net 

The sketch shows the Bell Works in Burslem as it was in the 18th century.

BC/DM (2020)