A lady from Stoke-upon-Trent
was never quite sure where she went
She often got lost
at great personal cost
but said it was worth every cent
Stoke-upon-Trent, commonly called Stoke, is a component town of the city of Stoke-on-Trent, in Staffordshire, England.
The town was incorporated as a municipal borough in 1874. In 1888, the six towns (Hanley, Burslem, Fenton, Longton, Stoke-upon-Trent, and Tunstall.) lobbied the government to become recognised as a county of “Staffordshire Potteries” but the bid failed.
In 1910 it became one of the six towns that federated to become the County Borough of Stoke-on-Trent and later the City of Stoke-on-Trent. Since federation in 1910 it has the seat of the city’s council, though Stoke-on-Trent’s city centre is usually regarded as being the nearby town of Hanley which, since federation, has been the most commercially important of the six towns.
Owing to the confusion between the town of Stoke and the larger city, there have been various calls, mainly amongst business leaders and academics, to rename either the town or the larger city. Proposals for the renamed town include Old Stoke, Stoke Minster and Stoke Town.