If you are visiting England soon, include Tunstall in your itinerary. Tunstall has a rich history and is home to the famous UK pop singer Robbie Williams. Some of his popular songs that were made in reference to his home town include “It’s only us” and “Burslem Normals”.
Tunstall is located in the West Midlands of United Kingdom. It is one of the bigger towns of Stoke-on-Trent. Tunstall is accessible by air and land transportation. If you are traveling by coach, it will take you less than 4 hours from Victoria Station in Central London. If you are flying in from another country, use Manchester Airport as your entry point. From the airport, it will take you about 40 minutes to Tunstall.
A little over a year ago, I visited some friends and relatives in England who are working in Stoke-on-Trent and nearby cities in Staffordshire. One of my nephews who live in Tunstall volunteered to show me around town and I found some interesting places to visit.
Here are some of them:
Tower Square was built in 1893. It has a clock at the center and built with a yellowish brick. It was built through public subscription in honor of Sir Smith Child, former member of the Staffordshire Parliament.
At the east end of the Tower Square is another historic place, the Tunstall Town Hall which was built in 1885 to replace the old town hall that was demolished in 1882.
Tunstall Town Hall built in 1885
Tunstall being part of the then federated towns of Stoke-on-Trent, now a city known the world over as the pottery capital of the world. A trip to England is not complete without visiting the places where the best pottery products are produced.
Pottery Museum & Art Gallery Hanley Shopping Center
The most progressive among the federated towns of Stoke-on-Trent is Hanley as shown in the above photo. Hanley is about 3o minutes away by coach from Tunstall.
Terraced Housing Tunstall Railway Station
Built in 1848
The terraced housing design as shown in the photo, were used by pottery workers as their housing accommodation during the pottery boom that started in the 17th century. Some of these housing units are still in use today in their original form.
Staffordshire University Campus, Stoke-on-Trent