Burslem, the mother town of the potteries is documented here using evocative old and new images to record its people and places. The birthplace of Josiah Wedgwood has been home to the greatest international names in ceramics, from Davenport to Royal Doulton, just a few household names whose dinner services, tea-sets and drawing room ceramic art pieces have graced the tables of the world's rich and poor alike. The Burslem Angel and the Old Fire Station are featured, as well as many of the grand Victorian buildings and the factories, schools, churches of the area. Many significant events are recorded, including the Sneyd Pit disaster of 1942. Compiled by Mervyn Edwards, this pictorial history offers a reminder of another age and provides a valuable insight into how people lived and worked in this industrial community.
Mervyn Edwards is the author of many published books on North Staffordshire history and is a weekly columnist for the Sentinel's The Way We Were nostalgia magazine. He has appeared on BBC TV's The One Show and Twenty Four Hours in the Past, and is a familiar voice on Radio Stoke. He was a local history tutor for the Workers' Educational Association for eight years and helped to develop the education department at the now-defunct Chatterley Whitfield Mining Museum, where he often acted in period drama for school groups. Mervyn runs an annual history programme in North Staffordshire. He is also MC of Burslem History Club and a member of the Potteries branch of the Campaign For Real Ale (CAMRA).