Stoke on Trent

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Stoke on Trent is a city on the River Trent in the county of Staffordshire, England. The six old towns which now make up the city are Hanley (the city centre), Stoke, Burslem, Tunstall, Longton, and Fenton. Stoke on Trent railway station is in Stoke.

It is at the centre of the district known as The Potteries, from the predominant industry of the locality, china and ceramics manufacture. One of the most famous examples of pottery manufacturers within Stoke-on-Trent is the Wedgwood company, founded by the famous industrialist Josiah Wedgwood in 1759. Coal mining and steel production were formerly also important. Stoke on Trent has been immortalised as the 'Five Towns' in the novels of Arnold Bennett, although in fact the city was formed by the merger of six towns.

Stoke City Football Club play in the English Premier League (soccer).

Port Vale Football Club play in the English Football League One (soccer).

Its population is 240,636 (2001)