Market Place, Burslem

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Date:December 1963

Description:Looking west along Market Place with the old Town Hall on the right. Opposite and just visible behind the PMT bus is the inn sign for The Leopard. This old 18th century inn was the site of first meeting, in 1756, between Josiah Wedgwood and the engineer James Brindley which resulted in the cutting of the Trent and Mersey Canal. The Leopard used to be owned by a local brewer, James Norris, who had a brewery between the Market Hall and the Town Hall, not far from where this photograph was taken. The story goes that there was a tunnel, running under the road, linking the Leopard with the brewer. Both the brewery and the Market hall were demolished in the 1950s.
The PMT bus has doors at the back: a time when buses had conductors to collect fares.

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Creators: Mr Bert Bentley - Creator

Image courtesy of: Stoke on Trent City Archives.

Donor ref:SD1480/103-14 (204/35371)

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