Burslem Town Hall
Built of ashlar in 1854 as a town hall for Burslem. Baroque in inspiration with Corinthian pilasters and columns. Clock tower with caryatides and angel finial. Inside a double staircase with heavily scrolled iron balusters lead to the main chamber with coved ceiling and heavily ornate wrought-iron tiles.
Featured in The Card, staring Alec Guinness.
Burslem Town Hall / Ceramica.
21 Market Hall Place, Burslem,
Stoke on Trent ST6 3AH.
The second of three neo classical town halls for Burslem, it was completed in 1854 in ashlar to the design of G.T.Robinson. It is a heavy baroque stone building built on a plinth, its upper facades are dominated by Corinthian columns and are surmounted by nude figures of Atlantis holding a clock tower which is crowned with an angel holding a wreath aloft. This building is a stunner. The symbol of Burslem, the Mother of the Potteries, the angel was re-guilded in the lottery funded refurbishment from a library to 'Ceramica' in 1998-2000. The interior starts with a fabulous double stone ceremonial staircase, via a balcony built for waving from to the buildings former ornate plastered chamber with wrought iron tiles. Following this axis through the building the building culminates in a recent extension that defies description and is unlikely to remain. The building is in apparently good shape but woefully underused in its current incarnation as Ceramica's interpretation attraction. The building features in the film of The Card starring Alec Guinness.