the, a district in central England famous for the manufacture of pottery and china. The towns comprising this district were combined in 1910 to form Stoke-on-Trent.
Also called Five Towns.
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the Five Towns the name given in his fiction by Arnold Bennett to the Potteries towns (actually six in number) of Burslem, Fenton, Hanley, Longton, Stoke-upon-Trent, and Tunstall, now part of the city of Stoke-on-Trent
the Potteries (sometimes functioning as singular) a region of W central England, in Staffordshire, in which the china and earthenware industries are concentrated
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