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Tradition renewed

Stoke-on-Trent is not a city in the conventional sense, but a conglomeration of six small towns united by the once-dominant pottery industry. One of the characters in the 'Five Towns' (what became of the sixth?) novels of Arnold Bennett is Edwin Clayhanger, 'a frustrated architect'. Looking at Stoke, one can understand why he was frustrated. The place lacks not just civic identity but, with a few exceptions, memorable buildings and possibly the will to create them. (The recent civic ...

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