TRENT AND MERSEY CANAL : ALAN BURNETT Circa 1971
The Trent and Mersey Canal bisects the Potteries - the Five Towns of Arnold Bennett - like a deep scar. But like so many scars, it is a sign of life, for it is the canal that brought industrial life to the area. It was the canal - financed in part by Josiah Wedgwood and build by James Brindley - that made it economically possible to bring the heavy China Clay into the district and safely transport the delicate bone china out to markets throughout the world. So many of the pot banks have now gone. But the scar remains.