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

The Mountford Family by John Sheldon

The Mountford Family Living in and around Smallthorne As a child I remember being in Smallthorne with my father in the early 1950’s and him saying that half of the population of Smallthorne was named Mountford. We must have been visiting relatives as my father’s...

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Smallthorne from the air

Smallthorne from the air

A big thank you to photographer Pete Stonier for allowing us to share these superb aerial photographs taken from the 'Grenade Nutrition' hot air balloon which feature Smallthorne and the surrounding areas taken on 11 October 2020 [gallery columns="4" link="file"...

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Local Events, Site Notices & Info Appeals

Smallthorne History Talk – 18th October 2015

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

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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Arthur Berry – New Perspectives Free Screening

Arthur Berry – New Perspectives Free Screening

ARTHUR BERRY – NEW PERSPECTIVES

A New Documentary on Artist, Poet and Playwright Arthur Berry

by Ray Johnson

FREE SCREENING – MONDAY AUGUST 18th, 8.00pm

ROEBUCK INN, WEDGWOOD PLACE, BURSLEM

This screening is part of the event ARTHUR BERRY – STAGE AND SCREEN presented by the BAREWALL GALLERY, Burslem.

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Smallthorne History Club at Salem

For anyone attending or wishing to attend the Smallthorne History Club at Salem Methodist Chapel I have some revised dates. The club meets on a Wednesday at 11.30am and is currently doing a brief history of Smallthorne.

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Ford Green Hall – Whats On 2014

Seance with Heather Angel – Sunday 26th January – 2.30pm – 4pm Book now to avoid disappointment. Tickets available from Ford Green Hall. For more information please contact: Heather Angel – 07966 545263 Admission by ticket only – special price of £8.00 Wedding Faire –...

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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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