Meir, Staffordshire facts for kids

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Meir Park
Meir Park shown within Staffordshire
OS grid reference SJ927427
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Region
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Stoke-on-Trent
Postcode district ST3
Dialling code 01782
Police Staffordshire
Fire Staffordshire
Ambulance West Midlands
EU Parliament West Midlands
UK Parliament
  • Stoke-on-Trent South
List of places
UK
England
StaffordshireCoordinates: 52°58′40″N 2°06′18″W / 52.9779°N 2.1051°W / 52.9779; -2.1051

Meir is a suburb in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire situated between Lightwood and Longton. Meir Park estate extends from Meir uphill to the Blythe Bridge village hall, located in Meir Heath.

Meir Aerodrome

Meir Aerodrome closed in the early 1970s and the site has now become the Meir Park housing estate. The earlier parts have mainly aviation-associated street names. The last official flight was on 16 August 1973 when Fred Holdcroft flew a Piper Tri-Pacer carrying a Sentinel journalist to Manchester. The last unofficial flight "a year or two" later by Eric Clutton was in a home-made folding machine called FRED (Flying Runabout Experimental Design) which the pilot towed home behind his car. The light planes used to be parked on the grass alongside the A50 road, opposite the Airport Garage, which remains. Staffordshire Potteries had a factory (now demolished) beside the aerodrome.

Transport

Meir is situated along the A50. At the centre sits the junction with the A520. Once a notorious traffic jam site, a tunnel was built in 1997 to take the A50 underneath. The twin tunnels are walled with ceramic panels which were reported to have cost about £1000 each when they began to come loose through rusting of their attachments after a few years.

Meir was served by a railway station from 1894 to 1966.

Nearest Places

  • Barlaston
  • Blythe Bridge
  • Lightwood
  • Longton
  • Trentham

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