Paintings artwork by Mervyn Edwards
Available artwork by Mervyn Edwards
Off To Villa Park To See The Vale - by Mervyn Edwards
Wedgwood Works, Etruria - by Mervyn Edwards
Placing Saggars - by Mervyn Edwards
Vincent Riley Nicked in Tunstall - by Mervyn Edwards
Eastwood Pottery by Moonlight - by Mervyn Edwards
Stag, Cobridge, circa 1903 - by Mervyn Edwards
Wedgwood Works Etruria 1956 - by Mervyn Edwards
Wolstanton Shops - by Mervyn Edwards
Mourners at Sneyd Colliery 1942 - by Mervyn Edwards
Burslem Through Time by Mervyn Edwards - by Mervyn Edwards
Hanley Through Time - by Mervyn Edwards
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About Mervyn Edwards
Mervyn Edwards is a local historian and writer who is a regular
contributor to the Sentinel’s The Way We Were and a familiar voice on Radio Stoke. Mervyn’s artwork reflects his interest in local history, and has sold in several outlets in the Potteries and Newcastle.
He lovingly depicts local buildings, industrial scenes and Potteries people, and he is at home working in acrylic paints, pen-and-ink, pencil or charcoal. Influenced by such diverse artists as L. S. Lowry, Atkinson Grimshaw and Reginald Haggar, Mervyn’s work often displays a warmth, humour and humanity that has earned him many admirers.
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MERVYN EDWARDS HISTORY PROGRAMME 2013
Mervyn Edwards writes weekly columns on local history for The Sentinel’s The Way We Were and is a familiar voice on Radio Stoke’s Good Times programme. He has also appeared on BBC TV’s The One Show and is the author of 12 published books on local history.
1 PUBLIC HOUSES IN ETRURIA. ILLUSTRATED TALK – TUESDAY, APRIL 9
Starts 8 pm promptly in the restaurant of the Holy Inadequate (formerly the Rendezvous) public house, Etruria Road, Etruria. Space is limited, so be early!
The industrial village of Etruria spawned many pubs and beerhouses, some of which served a particular clientele. Why were have-a-go beer-sellers clamouring to serve the public, and do you recall the Etruria Inn, the Bridge Inn and others? Mervyn describes the bars that served Shelton Bar!
2 A HISTORY OF THE WEDGWOOD INSTITUTE. ILLUSTRATED TALK – TUESDAY, MAY 7
Starts 8 pm promptly in the upstairs restaurant of the Duke William pub, St John’s Square, Burslem.
Plans to memorialise Josiah Wedgwood were mooted by the 1840s, formally discussed in the 1850s and realised in the 1860s. Why did local people take so long to honour the great master potter, and how did the Wedgwood Memorial Institute in Queen Street operate once it was opened in 1869?
3 A HISTORY OF CHATTERLEY WHITFIELD COLLIERY. ILLUSTRATED TALK – TUESDAY, MAY 28
Starts 8 pm promptly in the function room of the Sneyd Arms Hotel, Tower Square, Tunstall.
Mervyn tells a story of blood, sweat and tears as he delves into the history of this one-time million-ton-per-annum pit. What do the surviving buildings tell us about the working lives of the miners, and how did Whitfield men work, rest and play?
4 RECALLING BROWNHILLS HIGH SCHOOL FOR GIRLS. ILLUSTRATED TALK – TUESDAY, JUNE 25
Starts 8 pm promptly at Christ Church, Furlong Road, Tunstall
Here was a school whose high hopes in the 1920s came to fruition through the skills and vision of staff such as Miss Wilmott, Dr Bright, Miss Price, Miss Mellor and numerous other well-remembered teachers. Mervyn recalls the school’s involvement in TV’s Top of the Form competition as well as the academic and sporting prowess of many of the pupils who were proud to say, “I Serve.”
5 SHOPS AND SHOPPING IN HANLEY. ILLUSTRATED TALK – TUESDAY, JULY 23
Starts 8 pm promptly at the Smithfield Bar/ Restaurant, Lower Bethesda St, Hanley (opposite the Fire Station)
Hanley’s retail history doesn’t just embrace huge names such as Bratt & Dyke’s, Lewis’s, Pidduck’s and Huntbach’s. There were quirky, smaller emporia, including Brassington’s boots and shoes, Della Shoes, Cadman’s in the City Arcade and more. Join Mervyn on a shopping trip with a difference.
6 A HISTORY OF HANLEY PARK. ILLUSTRATED TALK – TUESDAY, AUGUST 27
Starts 8 pm promptly at the Smithfield Bar/ Restaurant, Lower Bethesda St, Hanley
Efforts to provided public walks and places of recreation in Hanley were discussed in 1846, but Hanley Park was not opened until the 1890s. It wasn’t the first Potteries Park, but it was the largest, and over the years it played host to many magnificent events such as the annual Park Fete and flower show, the Potteries Central Horse Parade and the Wedgwood Historical Pageant of 1930. Mervyn describes the rich history of this very necessary lung for the town.
The Talks will last approximately one hour. The admission charge is £3 per Talk. Handouts containing information and illustrations cost £1. For further details, contact 07761 798979.