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Barlaston is a village and civil parish in the borough of Stafford in the county of Staffordshire, Englandmarker. It is roughly halfway between the city of Stoke-on-Trentmarker and the small town of Stonemarker. According to the 2001 census the population of the parish was 2,659.

History

The old parish church of Saint John is sited on the edge of the Wedgwood estate. It was built to the design of C. Lynam in 1886-8, retaining the west tower from the original medieval building, with the subsequent addition of a vestry in 1969. In 1981 the building had to be closed owing to mining subsidence and a temporary building next to the church took its place until the new church was built on Green Lane.

Wedgwood moved their pottery manufacturing business from Etruria, Staffordshiremarker to a large modern factory in a new village in the north of the parish. The factory was planned in 1936 and built in 1938-40 to the designs of Keith Murray who was also a designer of Wedgwood pottery. The factory has a tourist visitor centre and has its own car-parks and a bus station. Wedgwood railway stationmarker was opened for the factory in 1940 but closed in 2004. Nearby is Barlaston Hallmarker c1756 by Sir Robert Taylor and at one time a Wedgwood family home.

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Transport

Close by the village are: the A34 road; the River Trent; the Trent and Mersey Canal; a route of National Cycle Network; and the railway - which all pass west of the village.

Barlaston railway stationmarker, opened by the North Staffordshire Railway on April 17 1848, is now on the Manchestermarker branch of the West Coast Main Linemarker - but inter-city trains do not stop and the local passenger service was replaced by the X1 Bakerbus bus service in 2004.

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References

The Buildings of England - Staffordshire, Nikolaus Pevsner, 1974 (Page 65).

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