Fenton shown within Staffordshire
|Population||12,194 (2001 Census)|
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|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||West Midlands|
|UK Parliament||Stoke-on-Trent South|
Fenton is one of the six towns of the Stoke-on-Trent conurbation which were federated in 1910. It is situated in the south-east of the city. Arnold Bennett called his fictionalised version of Stoke-on-Trent the "Five Towns", and Fenton has been dubbed the town Arnold Bennett forgot.
The name Fenton means `fen farm'.
Fenton started to become populated as a group of farms and private small-holdings were built there, alongside a lane running from the southern reaches of Hanley (by 1933 this lane was very busy and given the title of the A50).
Around the 1750s, the land was commonly known as Fenton Vivian. By the 1850s, the area around Duke Street and China Street had become populated during the rapid development of the Potteries.
Potters settled in Fenton in large houses alongside their pot-banks. Such houses include Great Fenton Hall, Fenton House (home of the Baker family), Heron Cottage and Grove House.
The two principal districts, Fenton Vivian and Fenton Culvert – each with their scattered communities, were brought together to make an urban district with its own board of guardians in 1894.
On 1 April 1910, the town was federated into the county borough of Stoke-on-Trent. By 1925 the area was granted city status.
Although Fenton has had its share of big industry, particularly from the Potteries trade, it has always been considered more of a residential area.
Fenton is still considered a sprawl of villages by many, and it includes Heron Cross, Mount Pleasant, Saxonfields and Pool Dole. Residential hot spots like Fenpark and Saxonfields have served to enhance the traditional properties expected in a town like Fenton.
Places of interest
Fenton Manor boasts a swimming pool, gym and fitness centre, and a 1,300-seater arena. Fenton Park is also popular with families, and has football pitches, pavilions and playground. The town’s library lies on Baker Street, and is based within the Carnegie library, the only such building in Stoke-on-Trent. It is now closed. Fenton also had a magistrates court, which served the city from within Fenton’s old town hall, built in 1888 by local pottery owner William Meath Baker at his own expense, to a design by Robert Scrivener. It closed in 2013.
Fenton differs from the other Potteries towns in that it doesn’t have a centre. Instead, amenities and shops are spread over a sizeable area.
Every Thursday a market is held, with about 25 stalls; this is based in City Road. Along Victoria Road, there are DIY shops, home furnishing and electrical stores, while at the retail park, also on Victoria Road, chains include Dunelm Mill and Curry’s.
City of Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College has also been an integral part of the everyday life in Fenton for many years, but it is set to relocate away from Fenton  and will be replaced by a multi-million pound leisure centre.
|Wikisource has the text of the 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica article Fenton.|
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Fenton, Staffordshire.|
- Use interactive maps to find historic artefacts and photographs of old Fenton at exploringthepotteries.org.uk
- Town profile at The Sentinel (local newspaper)