Old Town Hall, Burslem

The Old Town Hall is a former town hall in Burslem, in Staffordshire, England. It is in the Market Place, in the centre of the town.

Old Town Hall
Burslem Old Town Hall 2018 1.jpg
The portico at the west end
General information
StatusGrade II* listed
Architectural styleClassical
LocationBurslem, Staffordshire
grid reference SJ 868 498
Coordinates53°02′44″N 2°11′53″W / 53.04556°N 2.19806°W / 53.04556; -2.19806Coordinates: 53°02′44″N 2°11′53″W / 53.04556°N 2.19806°W / 53.04556; -2.19806
Design and construction
ArchitectG. T. Robinson

It is a Grade II* listed building, listed on 2 October 1951.[1]


The Old Town Hall was built between 1854 and 1857, replacing a town hall on the same site built around 1761. It was designed by G. T. Robinson.[2]


The building, in classical style, predominantly has Greek Revival features. Above the ground floor, there are paired Corinthian pilasters for the height of the upper storey, above which is a cornice surmounted by acroteria. At the west end there is a projecting portico with arched entrances, above which are Corinthian columns; above these, caryatids support an octagonal clock turret and a gilded angel finial.[1][2]

Later uses of the buildingEdit

Viewed from the south-east

After the Federation of Stoke-on-Trent in 1910, the building became a public library, and later a recreation centre.[1]

From 2003 the building housed Ceramica, a visitor centre showing the artistic and industrial heritage of the Potteries. The project was funded by the Millennium Commission. Part of the budget had to be spent in dealing with dry rot found in the building. The exhibition attracted fewer visitors than anticipated, and after Stoke-on-Trent City Council withdrew funding for day-to-day running, it closed in March 2011.[3]

The building remained empty until 2015, when the modern extension built as part of the Ceramica exhibition was demolished and the Old Town Hall was converted into a sixth form college of Haywood Academy, a project sponsored by Steelite International.[4]


  1. ^ a b c Historic England. "Old Town Hall (Burslem Recreation Centre) (1195811)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 23 October 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Burslem: Buildings, manors and estates", in A History of the County of Stafford: Volume 8, edited by J G Jenkins (London, 1963), pp. 105–121 British History Online. Retrieved 23 October 2018.
  3. ^ Ceramica, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent thepotteries.org. Retrieved 23 October 2018.
  4. ^ Work begins on Burslem Old Town Hall City College, 14 May 2015. Retrieved 23 October 2018.