Wolstanton is a suburban area on the outskirts of Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire.
Historically, Wolstanton was a place in its own right. It is
mentioned in the Domesday book
it is listed amongst the lands belonging to the King
. The land consisted of work for 2
ploughs, 14 villeins, 2 bordars and a priest (who had his own
plough). Woodland then was measured as being a league by a furlong.
When tax had been paid (by Ælfgar before the conquest) then it was
set at six pounds.
People and places
A notable building in the village is located on the corner of High
Street and Nelson Street. During World War
II and for some years afterwards, it was owned by the renowned
Carr's Café and was daily frequented by the owners of many Stoke-on-Trent potteries who resided in the village.
Ownership then passed to the District
(later incorporated into NatWest
Bank) and subsequently Barclays
the banks engaged on a programme of closing out-of-town branches,
the building was acquired as the head offices of Castle Comfort Stairlifts
provider who now run
their UK and Spanish operations there. Now known as Bank
, a memorial plaque was unveiled there by Staffordshire
Police in the summer of 2007 to
commemorate the work of Henry Faulds
pioneer, who lived in
the village and is buried at St Margaret's Church.
The architect Absalom Reed Wood (1851-1922) designed some of
Wolstanton's grander buildings, including St Andrew's Church at the
top of Porthill Bank and several of the houses along the High
Street, just before the Porthill
Wolstanton Colliery, originally an ore mine located just to the
east of the village, was noted for having the deepest shafts in
Europe. Closed in 1985 and demolished in 1987, a branch of Asda
and the Wolstanton Retail Park now covers the main
part of the site, and the colliery's former sports field is
now--after some not inconsiderable opposition--being redeveloped
with housing. A new road (originally proposed in 1978) has been
built connecting the A500 with the A527 through the village,
following for the most part the old colliery approach road (Grange
Lane). Paid for by the developers of the site, Bloor Homes, this
road finally opened to the public on 24 January 2008.
- Dr Henry Faulds (1843-1930) was a
pioneer of forensic fingerprinting who retired to Wolstanton.
- Arthur Berry (1925 - 1994): a
playwright, poet]], teacher and artist
- James Brindley
was a pioneering canal engineer and lived at Turnhurst until his death in 1772
A remarkable grave is located in the churchyard of St Margaret's.
The headstone of Sarah Smith (deceased 1783) includes a short poem
written in the first person in which Sarah suggests that she was
murdered; 'with half a pint of poyson he came to visit me' and then
provides a clue to her killer, 'it was C___s B___w who brought me
to my end'.
Wolstanton Marsh from Moreton Parade, February
2004Image:StMargaretsChurch_2004.jpg|Wolstanton's St Margaret's
SpireImage:StMargaretsChurchGargoyle1.jpg|A St Margaret's
GargoyleImage:StMargaretsChurchGargoyle2.jpg|A St Margaret's
GargoyleImage:WolstantonHighStreet2004.jpg|High St from Morris