Stoke residents will have the chance to step into the past over the Bank Holiday weekend as they are given a rare opportunity to learn about some of Stoke’s most historic buildings.
Local historian Andrew Dobraszczyc will be leading a walk around some of the wharves, warehouses, potteries, flour mills and lime kilns that line the Trent & Mersey Canal through Middleport and Longport.
The walk taking place from 2.30pm on Sunday 30th May will give people a rare opportunity to explore Longport Wharf and take a look at one of the two warehouses which date back to the 1840s. Longport was a significant inland port and the warehouses would have been used to store crates and hogsheads packed with pottery from factories in Tunstall and Burslem ready for transportation to Liverpool where they would be shipped over to North America. The warehouses would also have been used to store hats made in Newcastle-Under-Lyme which were then exported to South America and the Carribean.
As well as visiting the wharf the walk will also explore the history of The Packhorse Inn complete with stables where horses that pulled the barges would sleep ready for the next day’s work.
The walk has been organised by British Waterways as part of the ‘Canals in the Community’ programme, a Big Lottery Funded scheme aimed at engaging people with their local canal and bringing a sense of pride and ownership over their surroundings.
Canals for the Community Project Officer, Louise North said;
“These buildings were the centre of their community and they have some fascinating stories to tell. This walk presents the ideal opportunity for the local community to rediscover these stories and really immerse themselves in the history of their city.”
The walk is free of charge and suitable for people of all ages. For further information and to book your place on the walk please contact Louise North on 07827 083538 or Email firstname.lastname@example.org