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The Staffordshire Potteries has been a major centre for the production of ceramics for about 300 years, because of the type of clay found in this area. It consisted of the towns of Burslem, Hanley, Stoke, Fenton and Longton, all listed on that sign, and Tunstall, where I am now. Although there are six of them, it's often known as "the Five Towns" because Arnold Bennett set some books here and thought that sounded better.
In 1910, the towns were amalgamated into a single authority, which was called Stoke-on-Trent because the administrative centre and the railway station were in Stoke. Since then, it's Hanley which has grown into the commercial centre. Stoke-on-Trent gained city status in 1925.
It has two important football clubs. They were originally known as Burslem Port Vale and Stoke but have since changed their names to Port Vale and Stoke City. Stoke City have normally been a few divisions above Port Vale, except for in the 1920s and again in the 1990s when they spent some time playing against each other.
UTC Time: 14:30, Thursday 13 August 2015
Local Time: 15:30, Thursday 13 August 2015
Estimate of longitude: 2° 12' 36.29" W = -2.210080°
Estimate of latitude: 53° 3' 36.65" N = 53.060180°
Possible error on position estimate: 100 metres