I always use potters as experts in urban design myself

Developers should build more in the north of England to save England’s green fields from being bulldozed, pottery millionaire Emma Bridgewater says today.

The two disciplines are so alike you see?

She told The Daily Telegraph: “I live in Oxfordshire where the building is frenzied, and I work in Stoke on Trent where there is not enough being done to create the infrastructure to make it attractive for people to think about living and working there.

Of course, she herself would never dream of living in some northern town. That’s for the little people.

21 thoughts on “I always use potters as experts in urban design myself”

  1. Bloke in Costa Rica

    Well Stoke is in the North. As far as I’m concerned Bognor Regis is in the North.

  2. So Much For Subtlety

    It is odd what makes for a nice place to live. Oxford is a university town and presumably some part of the appeal is that there is a vibrancy, in the older sense of the word, that the students bring. It is not so much the other sort of vibrancy that Cowley provides I expect.

    So why not live in Durham? Also a university town. It is actually a very nice town to live although very quiet. Lots of nice countryside near by. Nice architecture. Affordable houses. Some of the interest that students bring.

    I expect that the main reason is that you are so close to London in Oxford. While you’re close to Newcastle in Durham. Any other reason? I actually think the food is better in Durham but then I like proper chips not the weak little anemic things they eat down south.

  3. The North starts at Crewe, and some would say that is way too far south. Stoke is in that part of England that is a complete mystery to anyone from either side of it, i.e. the North or the South – a Brigadoon of Pot Noodles and red brick dereliction. I have to go occasionally and rather like it, but it definitely ain’t the North.

  4. I’ve been in Stoke many times.
    Its a nice enough place, plenty of infrastructure and houses. Pretty much like most towns and small cities.
    Just this particular potter prefers to travel long diistance.

  5. Bloke in North Dorset

    What infrastructure is she burbling about? Its 1.5 hours from London on the train and and hour to Manchester airport, connected to the M6 which brings the motorway network in to play. The M1 isn’t that far away.

    Its surrounded by beautiful countryside and isn’t far from Snowdonia and the Peak district.

    Perhaps its those blunt “northerners” who tell it like it is that they really don’t like and she would rather be in her own echo chamber wit like minded ignoramusus.

  6. So Much For Subtlety

    Tim Worstall – “Anything north of the Marylebone Road is the North.”

    That’s a problem because parts south of the river look like Africa.

  7. SMFS,
    Don’t confuse Oxford with Oxfordshire. They’re two separate worlds which rarely meet. One is a university town with a global reputation and an international outlook; the other is twee Little England villages with money. Ms Bridgewater lives firmly in the latter.

    The comparison with Durham falls apart: County Durham is Billy Elliot territory, impoverished villages with closed coalmines. It can’t hold a candle to West Oxfordshire.

  8. The obvious thing is to move the government up North as soon as work begins on the Palace of Westminster.

    The benefits are so widespread and obvious, it’s difficult to compose a coherent argument. Too much material.

    Perhaps best to stick with the counter argument (which is that our politicians won’t like it).

  9. Bloke in North Dorset


    “The plural is ignoramuses. Some dictionaries list ignorami as a variation of the plural, but this is a backformation by those who suppose since ignoramus comes from Latin that it would have the Latin –i plural. However, in the original Latin, ignoramus was a verb, not a noun, and would still have the -es plural.”


  10. So Much For Subtlety

    You never know about people. She might be a great urban designer.

    After all Speer was an architect but he was also the best economic manager of World War Two.

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