Monday, 8 August 2011

Stoke-ward Bound

Tomorrow I will be off on an early train to visit my dear friend Acton Belle in Stoke-on-Trent for a few days.

Wikipedia describes Stoke as 'a city in Staffordshire, England, which forms a linear conurbation almost 12 miles (19 km) long, with an area of 36 square miles (93 km2). Together with the Borough of Newcastle-under-Lyme. Stoke forms The Potteries Urban Area. This, together with the rural Staffordshire Moorlands area, forms North Staffordshire, which in 2001, had a population of 457,165.'

Perhaps this isn't the most inviting description of a place, but I'm bouncing up and down with excitement and looking forward to seeing my friend. Acton Belle has lived in this part of the world (Newcastle-under-Lyme to be precise) for the past couple of years. It will be so nice to spend some quality time with her; we have gone from living a short distance away from each other and regular meeting up to lots of phone calls and the occasional cup of tea when she's in London visiting family.

We are planning to visit the Emma Bridgewater shop and do the factory tour, and I'm hoping to see some of the places associated with Stoke's most famous son, Robbie Williams. As I'm a HUGE Take That fan, there will no doubt be lots of pictures of me posing outside the pub he grew up in.

Whatever we do get up to, one thing I'm sure about is that there will be lots of tea, cake and chit chat.

I'm also helping that this trip will help me determine if Stoke is actually in the North or the Midlands. I'll be reading this book en route and hoping it helps me to make a final decision. 

In the meantime, what do you think: Is Stoke-on-Trent truly the North or just in the north of the Midlands?


  1. Have a wonderful visit! There is nothing like friend-time to recharge the battery. I am jealous about the Emma Bridgewater tour... my friends and I toured candy factories on our getaway! ;)

  2. An Emma Bridgewater factory AND the birthplace Robbie Williams???

    *goes to book the first train to Stoke*

  3. Well, from where I am it's definitely south!

  4. Staffordshire is the no- mans land between north & south.
    Enjoy your trip.

  5. Indeed it is Vicky. A sort of Bermuda triangle in the middle of the country. One minute you're watching BBC Midlands on the TV and then you jump in the car and get Manchester radio stations. Living in Stoke on Trent has just added to the general state of confusion and bewilderment that permeates my day to day life!

  6. I wasn't keen on that book - far too NW-oriented for me! Stoke is quite obviously the South!