The Staffordshire Potteries is a generic term for the industrial area encompassing the six towns (Tunstall, Burslem, Hanley, Stoke, Fenton and Longton) that now make up Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire, England. The name is now synonymous with Stoke-on-Trent itself. Stoke City FC are referred to as The Potters.
The Potteries became a centre of ceramic production in the 17th century, due to the local availability of clay, salt, lead and coal. Hundreds of companies produced decorative or industrial ceramic items. With railway distribution of pottery products in the second half of the 19th century, there was a considerable increase in business. The Chartist 1842 General Strike was ignited by striking collieries in the Potteries and led to the 1842 Pottery Riots.
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