In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Burslem like this:
Burslem, par., mun. bor., and market town, N. Staffordshire, within the parl. bor. of Hanley, on Grand Trunk Canal, 20 miles NE. of Stafford and 149 miles NW. of London -- par., 3121 ac., pop. 28,249; bor., 2419 ac., pop. 26,522; 2 Banks. Market-days, Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday; is called- the "Mother of the Potteries" and produces porcelain, parian, encaustic tiles, &c.; birthplace of Josiah Wedgwood (1730-1795), the great improver of the earthenware mfr. of Staffordshire. The Wedgwood Memorial (1865) comprises a school of art, a free library, and a museum. The town is very old. In the neighbourhood are coal mines.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Burslem has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Stoke on Trent. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Burslem and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Burslem, in Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 25th May 2013
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