Burslem in 1730 and 1790

Burslem town centre in 1790, “Maypole” marked at the top being roughly where the Town Hall now stands. “Locket’s Cob” was presumably the town centre’s muck heap. Cob meant any thick round mass: a cobble-stone, a cob-nut (hazelnut), a cob-coal (a coal lump smoothed down to a soap shape). The name may thus have been a humorous allusion to the shape of most dung droppings, and also the shape of the pile itself.

Diorama made from a map of Burslem in the 1730s, showing the location of the pottery in relation to the church.


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