Off to Stone, on the way through Stoke
you pass many reminders of what was once there and the reason for the canals existence.
Middleport pottery is still producing but the old bottle kiln is long out of use.
The top of the Stoke flight, the Trent and Mersey goes to the right and the Caldon Canal heads off on the left on its way to Leek.
The old side arm that once fed Shirleys Etruscan Bone and Flint Mill, now the Etruria Industrial Museum.
And now for something completely different, and in very poor taste.
Is this the dead centre of Stoke?
And was this once the Madonna pottery?