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The old parish church of Saint John [2] is sited on the edge of the Wedgwood estate. It was built to the design of Charles Lynam in 1886-8, retaining the west tower from the original medieval building, with the subsequent addition of a vestry in 1969. In 1981 the building had to be closed owing to mining subsidence and a temporary building next to the church took its place until the new church was built on Green Lane.

Wedgwood moved their pottery manufacturing business from Etruria, Staffordshire to a large modern factory in a new village in the north of the parish. The factory was planned in 1936 and built in 1938-40 to the designs of Keith Murray who was also a designer of Wedgwood pottery. The factory has a tourist visitor centre containing the Wedgwood Museum,[3] with its own car-parks and a bus station.

Wedgwood railway station was opened for the factory in 1940 and is currently served by rail replacement bus (D&G Buses Service 14) on which all valid railway tickets and passes are accepted. Nearby is Barlaston Hall c. 1756 by Sir Robert Taylor (architect) and at one time a Wedgwood family home. The Upper House Hotel,[4] another Wedgwood residence, is also in Barlaston.

Barlaston BDN (Big Drinkers Network) was opened in March 2019 and is currently in competition with Staffords Picture House Pint Party led by Lord Hoy.


Transport & Local amenitiesEdit

Trent and Mersey Canal at Barlaston

Close by the village are: the A34 road; the River Trent; the Trent and Mersey Canal; a route of National Cycle Network; and the railway - which all pass west of the village.

Barlaston railway station, opened by the North Staffordshire Railway on 17 April 1848, is now on the Manchester branch of the West Coast Main Line - but inter-city trains do not stop and the local passenger service was taken over by rail replacement bus (First Potteries No 23) in 2014, on which all valid railway tickets and passes are accepted. The campaign for the local train service to be restored is continuing.[5]

D&G Bus services [6] 12 & 14 from Hanley to Stafford via Trentham, Eccleshall and Stone run through Barlaston

Barlaston Golf Club [7] is situated to the south of the town.


Barlaston and Rough Close Common covers some 50 acres (20 ha) between Barlaston and Blythe Bridge and is a designated local nature reserve.[8][9]

Downs Banks is located a little to the south-east of Barlaston. It is owned and managed by the National Trust and is also known as 'Barlaston Downs'.

Parish CouncilEdit

Barlaston Parish Council is made up of eleven elected members who serve the community for a period of four years.

Neighbourhood Plan ReferendumEdit

Following the referendum which took place on 2 May 2019, Barlaston Residents voted to adopt the Neighbourhood Plan which will now be consulted upon in future planning applications. This also allows for the parish in order to shape the future development of the area.

Notable peopleEdit

Nearby placesEdit


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Retrieved 3 December 2015.
  2. ^ Website of - Neville Malkin's "Grand Tour" of the Potteries Retrieved Feb 2017 = Has several old pictures, drawings and historical narrative about St. John's Church, Barlaston
  3. ^ World of Wedgwood website retrieved Jan 2017
  4. ^ Upper House Hotel website retrieved Jan 2017
  5. ^ North Staffs Rail Promotion Group website retrieved Jan 2017
  6. ^ D&G Bus website, list of services Archived 2017-01-04 at the Wayback Machine retrieved Jan 2017
  7. ^ Barlaston Golf Club website retrieved Jan 2017
  8. ^ "Barlaston and Rough Close Common". Local Nature Reserves. Natural England. Archived from the original on 8 August 2014. Retrieved 4 August 2013.
  9. ^ "Map of Barlaston and Rough Close Common". Local Nature Reserves. Natural England. Retrieved 4 August 2013.

Further readingEdit

  • Nikolaus Pevsner The Buildings of England - Staffordshire. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books, 1974; p. 65

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