Meir, Staffordshire

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Coordinates: 52°58′40″N 2°06′18″W / 52.9779°N 2.1051°W / 52.9779; -2.1051

Meir Park
Meir Park is located in Staffordshire
Meir Park
Meir Park
 Meir Park shown within Staffordshire
OS grid reference SJ927427
Unitary authority Stoke-on-Trent
Ceremonial county Staffordshire
Region West Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Stoke-on-Trent
Postcode district ST3
Dialling code 01782
Police Staffordshire
Fire Staffordshire
Ambulance West Midlands
EU Parliament West Midlands
UK Parliament Stoke-on-Trent South
List of places
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England
Staffordshire

Meir Park is a suburb in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire situated between Lightwood and Longton.[1][2] Meir Park estate extends from Meir uphill to the Blythe Bridge village hall, located in Meir Heath.

Meir Aerodrome[edit]

Meir Aerodrome closed in the early 1970s[3] and the site has now become the Meir Park housing estate. The earlier parts have mainly aviation-associated street names. The last official flight was on 16 August 1973 when Fred Holdcroft flew a Piper Tri-Pacer carrying a Sentinel journalist to Manchester.[4] The last unofficial flight "a year or two" later by Eric Clutton was in a home-made folding machine called FRED (Flying Runabout Experimental Design) which the pilot towed home behind his car.[5][6] The light planes used to be parked on the grass alongside the A50 road, opposite the Airport Garage, which remains. Staffordshire Potteries had a factory (now demolished) beside the aerodrome.

Schools[edit]

Transport[edit]

Meir Park is situated along the A50. At the centre sits the crossroads with the A520. Once a notorious traffic jam site, a new tunnel was built which takes the A50 underneath. The twin tunnels are walled with ceramic panels which were reported to have cost about £1000 each when they began to come loose through rusting of their attachments after a few years[citation needed].

Meir was served by a railway station from 1894 to 1966.

Nearest Places[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cartlidge, Nicholas Jon (1996). A Meir Half Century. Photographs and news both church and secular from the years 1889 to 1939 covering the Meir and its near neighbours. Leek: Churnet Valley Books. ISBN 1-897949-15-4. 
  2. ^ Cartlidge, Nicholas (2004). Meir Today, Gone Tomorrow. An affectionate portrait from within living memory. Leek: Churnet Valley Books. ISBN 1-904546-22-6. 
  3. ^ Lycett-Smith, Roger (1998). Airfield Focus 34: Stoke on Trent (Meir). Peterborough: GMS Enterprises. ISBN 1-870384-68-7. 
  4. ^ Holdcroft, Geoff (9 May 2006). "My father made last flight from Meir". The Sentinel. 
  5. ^ Cartlidge, Nicholas (15 May 2006). "FRED deserves flight accolade". The Sentinel. 
  6. ^ Clutton, Eric (2003). An Aeroplane called FRED. Tullahoma, Tennessee.