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Longton Town Hall
Longton is located in Staffordshire
Population 27,214 
OS grid reference SJ911433
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district ST3
Dialling code 01782
Police Staffordshire
Fire Staffordshire
Ambulance West Midlands
EU Parliament West Midlands
UK Parliament
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52°59′16″N 2°07′58″W / 52.9877°N 2.1327°W / 52.9877; -2.1327

Longton is one of the six towns which amalgamated to form the county borough of Stoke-on-Trent in 1910, along with Hanley, Tunstall, Fenton, Burslem and Stoke-upon-Trent.


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The girder bridge adjacent to Longton railway station
Longton - Aynsley Works - south-west side
Aynsley Pottery

Longton ('long village') was a market town in the parish of Stoke in the county of Staffordshire. The town still has a market housed in an attractively renovated market hall.

Coal miners in the Hanley and Longton area ignited the 1842 General Strike and associated Pottery Riots.

In March 1865, Longton and Lane End were incorporated as the Borough of Longton. On 1 April 1910, the town was federated into the county borough of Stoke-on-Trent. In 1925 the area was granted city status. One legacy of Longton's administrative independence from 1865 to 1910 is Longton Town Hall, a prominent landmark in the town centre. In 1986 Longton Town Hall faced demolition by Stoke-on-Trent City Council amid considerable local protest. Work on stripping the interior had already begun before an injunction was brought and the building saved.

Together with Rochdale, then in Lancashire, Longton was host to the first Workers Educational Association tutorial classes. R.H. Tawney, known as "the patron saint of adult education", taught the classes for three years from January 1908. For a time, until he moved to Manchester in 1909, Tawney was working as part-time economics lecturer at Glasgow University. To fulfil his teaching commitments to the WEA, he travelled first to Longton for the evening class every Friday, before travelling north to Rochdale for the Saturday afternoon class.

Arnold Bennett referred to Longton as Longshaw in his novels centred on the Potteries towns.


In 1997 Longton's one-way system was bypassed when a new section of the A50 was opened. It runs from Blythe Bridge to Queensway (a section of the A500), going through Longton in a cutting.

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The A50 near to its cutting. The prominent building is the Sutherland Institute, Longton's library.

Longton is served by a railway station on the Crewe–Derby line. It was opened by the North Staffordshire Railway on 7 August 1848. A new bus interchange was opened adjacent to it in 2003 on the site of a former Co-op supermarket.

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The girder bridge adjacent to Longton railway station


A new shopping precinct, the Bennett Precinct, opened in 1962. It is now named Longton Exchange.

In 2003 a large Tesco Extra superstore was built and has helped to rejuvenate the town. Since then, other major retailers such as Argos, Next, Pizza Hut, Matalan, Wilkinson and B & M have opened new premises.

Then, building firm St. Modwen's, opened an £8 million retail complex in April 2012. The stores there include McDonald's, Pets at Home, Smyths and Currys.

Other local business like Hylands Ltd ( ) and Bevans have also thrived in the area.


  • Longton is the birthplace and home of Alan Povey's character Owd Grandad Piggott
  • Black Country folk singer/songwriter, Neil Morris, now lives near Longton



Secondary schools in the area include St Thomas More Catholic Academy and Stoke Studio College.

Together with Rochdale, then in Lancashire, Longton was host to the first Workers' Educational Association tutorial classes. R. H. Tawney, known as "the patron saint of adult education", taught the classes for three years starting in January 1908.

Notable people

  • Sir John Edensor Heathcote (c.1757–1822) Stoke-on-Trent industrialist, owner of Longton Hall, which he rebuilt in 1778.
  • John Aynsley (1823–1907) English potter who established the Portland Works in Longton
  • Percy Shelley (1860-1937) was a major force in developing Shelley Potteries, born in Longton.
  • Frederick Arthur Challinor (1866–1952), was a British composer.
  • Ernest Albert Egerton VC (1897–1966) English recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • William Thomas Astbury FRS (1898–1961) English physicist and molecular biologist who made pioneering X-ray diffraction studies of biological molecules.
  • Gordon Mons Higginson (1918-1993) British purported spiritualist medium.
  • Charles Tomlinson (1927–2015) English poet, attended Longton High School
  • Freddie Jones (1927–2019) actor; his many roles on film and television included Sandy Thomas in Emmerdale.


  • William (Billy) Weston (1847-1935) Australasian billiards player, emigrated from Longton aged 3.
  • George Arthur Gallimore (1886–1949) English professional footballer who made 77 appearances for Stoke City F.C.
  • Henry "Harry" Colclough (1888–1955) English international footballer, who made 83 appearances for Crystal Palace F.C.
  • William Wootton (1904–2000) English footballer, made 56 appearances for Port Vale F.C.
  • Norman Henry Hallam (1920–1997) was an English footballer, made 63 appearances for Port Vale F.C.
  • Philip Adrian "Phil" Heath (born 1964) former professional English footballer, made 297 appearances.

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