The busy market town of Newcastle-under-Lyme in Staffordshire (not to be confused with the city of Newcastle upon Tyne) lies to the west of Stoke on Trent.
When the city of Stoke on Trent was created in 1910 by the amalgamation of the 'Six Towns' (Stoke upon Trent, Burslem, Hanley, Fenton, Longton and Tunstall), Newcastle was not included despite its close proximity.
Known to many locals as 'Castle', the suburbs of Newcastle under Lyme, run directly into those of Stoke on Trent and the conurbation now has a population of over 360,000.
Newcastle takes its name from a 'new castle' built by the Normans in the 12th century under the forest of Lyme. Newcastle was granted permission to hold a market in 1173. In the 17th and 18th century the market town flourished manufacturing hats.
Later Newcastle's economy became based around pottery and coal mining and like neighbouring Stoke on Trent, the town formed part of the area known as 'The Potteries'.
These traditional industries have declined recently and have been replaced by new industries such as construction materials, electric motors, publishing and computers.
Today the open air market is still an important part of life in the town, operating 6 days a week.
There a number of tourist attractions in and around Newcastle-under-Lyme, includung the Newcastle Borough Museum and Art Gallery.
Just outside the town centre is the New Vic Theatre.
To the west of the centre of Newcastle-under-Lyme stands Keele University. Granted University status in 1962, the Keele University campus is located close to the village of Keele.
Newcastle is the home of 'Primitive Methodism' and this is reflected in the large number of Methodist churches in the town. The Venerable Hugh Bourne (1772 - 1852), the founder of the Primitive Methodism Movement, had close links with the town.
Waterworld 1.6 miles Have some fun at this themed pool.
Stoke Ski Centre 1.7 miles Have some fun on the slopes.
Royal Stafford 2.7 miles Create your own piece of tableware.
Churchill Factory Shop 3.9 miles Explore the range of Churchill products in the shop.
Trentham Gardens 3.5 miles Enjoy the extensive gardens and walks in the estate.
Dorothy Clive Gardens 6.9 miles Lovely gardens out in the countryside to visit.
Whitmore Hall A lovely manor house with gardens.
Newcastle Borough Museum & Art Gallery Find out about the history of the local area.
Etruria Industrial Museum 1.6 miles A chance to see the industrial heritage of the Potteries in action.
Spode Works Visitor Centre 1.8 miles See some of the huge collection relating to Spode.
The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery 2.2 miles Take at look at the ceramics and pictures.
The Dudson Museum 2.3 miles Find out about the history of this famous pottery.
Towns Near Newcastle-under-Lyme To Visit - straight line distance:Stoke-on-Trent (2.31 miles) Kidsgrove (5.06 miles) Alsager (6.70 miles) Biddulph (7.61 miles)