Historic Buildings in Stoke-on-Trent - 3
Maybe this isn't that remarkable, it is not listed, and not that good looking either, but it really sums up the City's ignorance of the fantastic canal network running through it - the Trent & Mersey Canal runs up through the length of the City, and the Cauldon Canal branches out at the Etruria Industrial Museum as it heads out into Staffordshire Moorlands.
At a guess, there must be close on 20 miles of canal network through the City and it is largely ignored - despite 20,000 canal boats going through here every year, there is only one proper canal-side pub, very little new housing looks over & utilising the water, huge patches of derelict land, and many buildings such as this one have been left derelict for decades.
This building is called Port Vale Mill and, for those with some UK football knowledge, this area of Stoke-on-Trent is where Port Vale FC got their title after the name of the building in which the club was formed (http://www.port-vale.premiumtv.co.uk/page/History/0,,10381,00.html), but there is no actual place called Port Vale and, apart from this building, the only other place I know carrying the name is Port Vale Street about quarter of a mile away from here in Middleport.
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