Secret Trentham Paperback – 15 May 2018
by Alan Myatt (Author)
The Staffordshire townships of Trentham and neighbouring Dresden in the Potteries have a fascinating history. Trentham was a large village on the Duke of Sutherland’s estate until the growth of the Potteries towns in the 19th and 20th centuries joined it to Stoke-on-Trent. However, it has retained its separate identity by the River Trent. Dresden is joined to another of the Potteries towns, Longton, and the pottery industry has left its imprint on the area, the original name of Spratslade being changed to Dresden in honour of the German centre of porcelain manufacturing.In this book readers can discover the history of Trentham and Dresden with a difference, from accounts of life in Trentham Hall, the country seat of the Dukes of Sutherland, where guests dined on culinary delicacies such as turtle soup and Trentham tart, and where Trentham Estate managed the village, to the foundation of the settlement of Dresden in 1851 by the Longton Freehold Society on farmland in order to house pottery workers and shop keepers, as well as the well-to-do potworks owners. Dresden was laid out in a regular street pattern and as it was located away from the smoking bottle ovens it was a much healthier environment than Longton. The success of Dresden encouraged the Duke of Sutherland to build his own model estate which he called Florence after his favourite daughter, and where he did not permit any public houses to be opened. Secret Trentham explores the less well-known episodes and characters in the history of Trentham and its neighbour Dresden through the years, bringing to life tales of those who have lived in these places. Many of the stories are taken from contemporary accounts of ordinary people and paint a picture of all the aspects of life, sometimes sad, sometimes humorous, sometimes celebratory, and of remarkable characters and unusual events, in the history of these towns in the Potteries.