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photoblog image Port Vale Mill, Middleport

Port Vale Mill, Middleport

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.

Port Vale Mill, Middleport

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.

comments (5)

Looking at the thumbnail I thought it was the Arsenale in Venice - incredible. Great shot and interesting read too - I have been to Stoke a few times, this shows a different side to the city than the one I was familiar with. thanks Mike.
urban8: Wow - huge complement to mention Middleport in the same sentence as Venice!!
Cheers for the comment - this is just down the road from Burslem town centre, but not the easiest building to find by road, although following brown tourist signs to the wonderful Middleport Pottery would bring you quite close to here.
Happy Father's Day, Daddy!Hope you have lots of fun.
urban8: Thank you, Abbie!!
  • Les Auld
  • Southport UK
  • 17 Jun 2007, 14:37
Good shot of an old building, there are many of these on the canal network and they deserve recording. Well seen..
urban8: Cheers, Les - and it really surprises me that these buildings haven't been pounced on by developers to create canalside apartments.
very very good b&w great tones
urban8: Thanks for the comment, Viannis, glad you like it!!
  • Mal
  • 18 Jun 2007, 16:25
run down buildings provide great photo's, I like this imposing feel to the shot. mal
urban8: The building is screaming out for investment, it could be a wonderful structure with new life inside it.
Strangely, the building used to have another floor & pitched roof which collapsed years ago & were removed, so it is totally open to the elements, and even stranger (and you might not believe this), but the ground-floor is used for a "real nappy" recycling business!! And here's the link to prove it - http://www.nappiesforreal.co.uk/

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