Middleport, Staffordshire


Middleport, Staffordshire

Coordinates: 53°02′37″N 2°12′12″W / 53.0436°N 2.2034°W / 53.0436; -2.2034

Middleport
Middleport is located in Staffordshire
Middleport

 Middleport shown within Staffordshire
OS grid reference SJ864496
Unitary authority Stoke-on-Trent
Ceremonial county Staffordshire
Region West Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town STOKE-ON-TRENT
Postcode district ST6
Dialling code 01782
Police Staffordshire
Fire Staffordshire
Ambulance West Midlands
EU Parliament West Midlands
UK Parliament Stoke-on-Trent North
List of places: UK • England • Staffordshire

Middleport is a residential and industrial district of the town of Burslem in the city of Stoke-on-Trent, England. Middleport lies to the west of Burslem, between Burslem town centre and the Newcastle-under-Lyme district of Porthill. To the north is Tunstall and to the south Cobridge and Etruria. Middleport blurs into Longport.

Middleport is primarily residential, with distinctive Victorian terraced houses. However, it also a working industrial district and contains several potteries: ranging from Burleigh Pottery, the oldest working Victorian pottery; to the art-driven Lorna Bailey; to Steelite, a modern mass-production ceramics producer.

The Trent and Mersey Canal and a key path of the National Cycle Network run through Middleport. The line of the canal through the City of Stoke-on-Trent is a linear conservation area. Middleport contains one of the nation's richest stretches of canalside industrial heritage. Since 1990 the canal area has benefited from around £1m of Groundwork funding, and £4m of Townscape Heritage funding. Clarice Cliff's Newport Pottery, where she produced some of her most famous work, was adjacent to the canal and an artist-designed 12-foot steel markerpost identifies the location.

Middleport is an area that is strategic to the regeneration of the city, as it sits in the centre of a ring of imminent projects totalling around £250m: the Chatterley Valley scheme, the Etruria Valley scheme, the regeneration of Burslem town centre, and a proposed major "park and ride" interchange and business-park on the site of the old Shelton Bar steel rolling-mill.

Middleport piloted a community warden service in 2002 & 2003; as a result, crime dropped by 80 per cent. The service was subsequently extended across Stoke-on-Trent and adopted in other cities.

Middleport features in several of the novels of Arnold Bennett, and the film version of his The Card was filmed in Middleport with Alec Guinness.

Middleport Park Bowling Club has a national reputation and has won several national trophies.

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