Stoke-on-Trent is the home of the pottery industry in England and is commonly known as the Potteries. Formerly a primarily industrial conurbation, it is now a centre for service industries and distribution centres
The city is covered by three House of Commons constituencies: Stoke-on-Trent North, Stoke-on-Trent Central and Stoke-on-Trent South. All three have returned Labour MPs without interruption since their creation in 1950. The city is within the West Midlands European Parliament constituency
The Stoke is home to Staffordshire University, with its main site in Shelton, near Stoke-on-Trent railway station. Keele University School of Medicine uses facilities at the Royal Stoke University Hospital in Hartshill
The nearest major airport is Manchester Airport (MAN). This airport has international and domestic flights from Manchester, United Kingdom and is 37 miles from the centre of Stoke-on-Trent
The city's main daily newspaper is The Sentinel. BBC Radio Stoke along with Cross Rhythms City Radio, Max FM all serve Stoke.
Famous People from Stoke
Neil Morrissey (Actor), Anthea Turner (Blue Peter), Nick Hancock (TV Presenter), Bruno Brookes (TV & Radio Presenter), Robbie Williams (Musician), Lemmy (Founder Motorhead)
Stoke City, Port Vale (Football), Stoke Potters (Speedway)
Stoke-on-Trent, as with all of the United Kingdom, experiences a temperate maritime climate, lacking in weather extremes. The local area is relatively elevated, resulting in cooler temperatures year round compared to the nearby Cheshire plain; although on calm, clear nights this is often reversed as cold air drainage causes a temperature inversion to occur. As such, the Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle area are generally not susceptible to severe frosts
Stoke is twinned with Erlangen (Germany)
Since the 17th century, the area has been almost exclusively known for its industrial-scale pottery manufacturing. Companies such as Royal Doulton, Dudson Ltd, Spode, Wedgwood, Minton and Baker & Co. were established and based there. The local abundance of coal and clay suitable for earthenware production led to the early (initially limited) development of the local pottery industry. The construction of the Trent and Mersey Canal (completed in 1777) enabled the import of china clay from Cornwall together with other materials and facilitated the production of creamware and bone china.