The Leopard Inn/ Leopard Hotel
21 Market Place, Burslem,
Stoke-On-Trent. ST6 3AA
The Leopard Inn dates from the early 1700's. Initially a coaching house and Inn, there has been a working pub on this site for 300 years or more. In 1878 a three storey extension including 57 rooms were built. The ambition was to create in Burslem 'The Savoy of the North'. The rooms to the front of the Leopard are today in use as a pub and restaurant, and to the rear the hotel lies abandoned and purportedly haunted.
Erasmus Darwin once lived at the Leopard and attended the historic meeting when Josiah Wegwood 'decided upon' the Trent and Mersey canal that transformed the fortunes of Industrialised England. Wedgwood wrote in his diary on he 11th March 1765
"On Friday last I dined with Mr. Brindley, the Duke of Bridgewater's engineer, after which we had a meeting at the Leopard on the subject of a Navigation from Hull.... to Burslem"