Etruria, Staffordshire

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This article is about the district of Stoke-on-Trent, England. For the ancient Italian country, see Etruria.
Etruria
Etruria is located in Staffordshire
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 Etruria shown within Staffordshire
OS grid reference SJ867468
Unitary authority Stoke-on-Trent
Ceremonial county Staffordshire
Region West Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town STOKE-ON-TRENT
Postcode district ST1
Dialling code 01782
Police Staffordshire
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Ambulance West Midlands
EU Parliament West Midlands
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Coordinates: 53°01′08″N 2°11′58″W / 53.0189°N 2.1994°W / 53.0189; -2.1994

Etruria is a suburb of Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England.

Home of Wedgwood[edit]

Etruria Hall, the Wedgwood family home.
Canal scene at Etruria

Etruria was the fourth and penultimate site for the Wedgwood pottery business. Josiah Wedgwood, who was previously based in Burslem, opened his new works in 1769. It was named after the Italian district of Etruria, home of the Etruscan people who were renowned for their artistic products. The site covered 350 acres (140 ha) and was next to the Trent and Mersey Canal. As well as Wedgwood's home, Etruria Hall, it included the Etruria Works which remained in use by the Wedgwood enterprise until 1950. The Wedgwood factory is now in Barlaston, a village about six miles to the south of the Etruria site.

Etruria Hall was the site of the substantial invention of photography by Thomas Wedgwood in the 1790s.

After Wedgwood[edit]

Much of Etruria became derelict with the move of Wedgwood after the Second World War and the subsequent closure of the nearby Shelton Bar steelworks. Large-scale regeneration began in the 1980s with the Stoke-on-Trent Garden Festival. Since the Festival closed at the end of 1986, the site has been given over to the Festival Park commercial and retail development. Etruria is also home to The Sentinel, the local evening newspaper for the Stoke-on-Trent area. The press hall there is responsible for printing several newspaper titles, including The Sentinel, and many northern editions of The Daily Mail. The Sentinel had previously been based in Hanley.

Etruria was served by a railway station which was opened by the North Staffordshire Railway on 9 October 1848, but it was closed on 30 September 2005.[1]

Etruria is home to the Etruria Industrial Museum, a scheduled ancient monument, which includes a working steam engine called Princess. The Museum buildings were originally a bone and flint mill built in 1857 to grind materials for the pottery industry. Inside visitors can see displays on the history of the site and original machinery. On the first weekend of each month the museum's 1903 coal-fired boiler provides steam to operate Princess which then turns the grinding machinery.

Etruria Canals Festival takes place annually at Etruria Industrial Museum on the first weekend in June.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Last train departs from station". BBC. 30 September 2005. Retrieved 2009-12-09.