North Stafford Hotel and Josiah Wedgwood statue, Stoke upon Trent

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Date:May 1963

Description:A view of Winton Square showing the Neo-Jacobean style North Stafford Hotel, on the left, which was opened as the Railway Hotel in 1849. To the right are three houses (Nos 4,5 & 6) built in the same style and at the same time on Winton Square to house senior North Staffordshire Railway officials and employees. In front of the hotel is a statue of Josiah Wedgwood. The statue is 2.5 metres (just over 8 feet) tall and stands on a 2 metre (6 foot) stone plinth. Made of bronze, Wedgwood is holding the Portland Vase. It was erected by public subscription and unveiled in August 1863. The apparent reason for siting the statue here rather than anywhere more central was that it would be on the boundary of Hanley and Stoke-on-Trent, both of whom laid claim to being the home of Wedgwood.

In 1957 a bronze copy was erected outside Wedgwood's Barlaston factory, copied from the original plaster mould

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Creators: Mr Bert Bentley - Creator

Image courtesy of: Stoke on Trent City Archives.

Donor ref:SD1480/020-20 (204/32924)

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