Welcome to Smallthorne History & Memories

Thank you for visiting my website. This site is an extension of my family history site ashley-surname.org.uk and is my hope that it becomes a repository of history and memories from the village of Smallthorne, Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire. We also have an active Facebook group with over 2400 members, join the discussion.

Our Mission: To capture, document and record as much about Smallthorne’s history as possible.

SMALLTHORN on the north-east side of Burslem (SJ 8850). Smallthorne 1572 SHC  XIII 287, 1838 O.S., Smalthorne 1597 Norton-in-the-Moors ParReg. From OE smœl ‘narrow, thin’, and OE þorn ‘a thorn-tree’, ‘the narrow belt of thorns’.  Smalethornis recorded in the 13th century (SHC XI 324), appears to have been in Barlaston.

Courtesy of The Place-Names of Staffordshire by David Horowitz

Smallthorne Past

Smallthorne Past

Many of you will have grown up or lived in Smallthorne at some point in your life. By documenting the memories of residents and the history of Smallthorne we hope to preserve Smallthorne’s rich heritage.

Smallthorne Present

Smallthorne Present

The present is tomorrows history. The world is forever changing which is why it is important to create a record of the here and now so one day future generations can look back on it as history.

Smallthorne Future

Smallthorne Future

We can’t predict what the future holds for Smallthorne but we all have an important part to play in shaping the future of the village. So future generations can look forward to forging lasting memories of happy times in Smallthorne.

Latest History & Memories

Smallthorne to Smallthorne

You can take the man out of Smallthorne but you can’t take Smallthorne out of the man. or From Smallthorne, Stoke-on-Trent to Smallthorne Tasmania Further to Publishing “Village Changes – A Tribute to Thomas Tomkinson” some of Thomas’s descendents have been... read more

Smallthorne Open Air Swimming Pool

This wonderful photograph of Smallthorne Open Air Swimming Pool was sent to use by Jean and Phill who has kindly given permission to include it on the site. She also shared the following memory with us “I was born in the late 1940’s so my only memories of... read more

Alternative Courage

My dad was a shopkeeper D.E. Allman, Grocer and Wine Merchant, Purveyor of Fine Foods. Commonly called Danny’s. His was a corner shop in an area of back to back terraced houses peopled by hard working, hard living families loyal to Danny who had seen them right... read more

V.E. Day – Poem by Ann Graal

Here’s an ancient photo, the me of here and now impressed at how, in a frugal time, those mums (other mums, I mean, more clued up, more ambitious than my own) contrived red Indians, two cowboys and a tiny bride – half- familiar faces, grinning or else gawping out from... read more

Down Smallthorne – Poem by Ann Graal

Aunt Maud, who’d never slept a night away from 4 Wharf Street, two up two down, rented, close to where they piled the coal from Bellerton and Sneyd – reads only columns of the Evening Sentinel’s Births, Marriages and Deaths, her lips laboriously shaping names she’d... read more

Local Events & Site Notices

Website Upgrade

The website has undergone a few changes, some slightly cosmetic but most of the work has been done behind the scenes to keep it up to date and the main change to make the size responsive so it is more mobile friendly.

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Merry Christmas Smallthorne

Merry Christmas to all website visitors past, present and future and to members of the Facebook group. A big Festive thank you to all those who’ve contributed and shared words, memories and photos.

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Smallthorne History Talk – 18th October 2015

On the 18th October I have been asked to give a short talk and my chosen subject is Smallthorne History. Please apply for tickets to Ford Green Hall directly. There will be an admission charge with all proceeds going to support the running and upkeep of the Hall. This is number two in a series of talks.

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Local History Group Restarts

The local history group run by Kendall Prosser will be starting again on September 30th. The first meeting will include a talk on Workhouses by Sid Bailey. Start times are 11.30 and are held at Salem Methodist Church the group is called stoke north live at home scheme and anyone over 50 will be made more than welcome if they want to attend.

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Smallthorne People

They are a stoical people who have one foot in the town and one foot in the country.The village of Smallthorne is the last knuckle of the Pennine chain, the last little lump of a hill before the land becomes flatter and the Midlands begin. It is most definitely a part of the North, a part of the Staffordshire moorlands, and whenever I go through this country I know it is my own clod, the place my tribe comes from. by Arthur Berry

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