Railway Bylines: Special 'The Iron, Steel and Coal Industry in North Staffordshire 'A Brief Account' (IR351)
Product No.: IR351
Title: Railway Bylines: Special 'The Iron, Steel and Coal Industry in North Staffordshire 'A Brief Account'
Author(s): Baker, Allan C.
Publisher: Irwell Press
Dust Jacket: None
Edition: 1st Edition
Publication Year: 2003
Features: 64 Pages with Black/White Photos.
North Staffordshire was a centre for coal mining. The first reports of coal mining in the area come from the 13th Century. Part of the North Staffordshire Coal Field, the Potteries Coal Field covers 100 square miles and the city had several pits including Hanley Deep Pit, Trentham Superpit (formerly Hem Heath), Fenton and Wolstanton The last mine to close was the Trentham Superpit in 1994.
The industry developed greatly with new investment in mining projects within the City boundaries as recently as the 1960s and 1970s Other industries have also occupied important roles in the development of the city both before and after federation. Notably the iron and steel making industry located in the valley at Goldendale and Shelton below the hill towns of Tunstall, Burslem and Hanley.
Shelton Steel Works production of steel ended in 1978 and the final parts of the plant closed in 2002 From 1864 to 1927 Stoke housed the repair shops of the North Staffordshire Railway and was also the home from 1881 to 1930 of independent railway locomotive manufacturers Kerr Stuart & Co. Ltd.