One of John Lloyd’s Flying Wings

North Staffs Heritage is going to publish Betty Martin’s researches into Stoke-on-Trent’s history and architectural heritage.

A historical geographer, Betty was educated at Brownhills High School in Tunstall. She is a graduate of Manchester University where she wrote a thesis on the economic development of The Potteries.

Betty’s husband, David, is an international heritage lawyer and a legal historian. She met him when he was researching the history of Tunstall Court Leet. Betty and David grew up near Stoke-on-Trent. They have always been fascinated by its history and architectural heritage. Both are experienced freelance writers who have written numerous articles about The Potteries.

Since 1990, they have undertaken extensive original research North Staffordshire’s economic history. 

Betty’s investigation into the development of Tunstall from the beginning of the 7th to the end of the 20th century enabled her to produce the first map of the township as it was in the middle ages. 

In the late 1990s, she wrote the history of Tunstall town hall and the indoor market to support the City of Stoke-on-Trent’s application for lottery funding to regenerate them. Her history of these buildings impressed the Heritage Lottery Fund which gave the city council ¬£3.4 million.

Betty’s other research projects include:

  1. The history of the mining villages on the slopes of Mow Cop.
  2. The lives of leading local architects whose buildings gave The Potteries its unique architectural heritage. 
  3. The history of the Poor Law and the growth of the Welfare State.
  4. The life of John Lloyd (Stoke-on-Trent’s forgotten aircraft designer) whose experiments with “flying wings” and researches into laminar flow helped to create the V Bomber Force and Concorde.