Queen Victoria Statue Conservation – 2014

Newcastle-under-Lyme Civic Society is once more proud to be instrumental in the conservation of this iconic statue. To find out more about its history and the Society’s involvement in its relocation and return to prominence just type Queen Victoria in the search box above.

In 2004 the Society commissioned a condition survey of the statue which showed that, following years of neglect, work was required to refurbish the Grade II listed statue.

The Civic Society, with the support of Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council, has sponsored the refurbishment in memory of our founder member and local businessman Clement “Jim” Wain who loved this town and strove to preserve its character and promote its prosperity.

Work commenced during the week beginning 24th February 2014 and the photos below illustrate some to the work undertaken.


The cleaned statue is heated ready for the application of the base coat of wax, so that it flows into all the “nooks and crannies”.


Wax is applied to the heated area by a stippling method.

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The finished effect after the top coat of wax is applied by the same method.


Civic Awards Scheme 2013 – Results


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This scheme aims to promote and encourage good design and workmanship in new buildings, refurbishment of older buildings and landscape schemes with the Borough of Newcastle-under-Lyme.

This year we received eight nominations:

One nomination for new residential buildings
One nomination for new commercial buildings
Two nominations for the refurbishment of commercial buildings
Four nominations of landscape schemes

Judging took place on 3rd October. The judging panel consisted of the Conservation Officer and Councillors of Newcastle Borough Council, architects, planners and members of Newcastle Civic Society.

The Society’s thanks go to the judging panel for giving up their time and to all those who nominated projects.

The following three projects will be presented with awards by His Worship the Mayor, Councillor E. Boden at the Civic Offices on 5th December.

The Orchard, Chesterton, Newcastle-under-Lyme has been awarded a winner’s plaque for good design and workmanship in the new residential buildings category.

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Mellard’s Warehouse, Market Street, Newcastle-under-Lyme has been awarded a winner’s plaque for good design and workmanship in the refurbishment of commercial buildings category.





Keele University Day Nursery, Keele has been awarded a Certificate of Commendation for good design and workmanship in the new commercial buildings category.

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The Civic Awards Scheme, promoting and encouraging good design and workmanship within the Borough of Newcastle-under-Lyme, takes place every two years and we hope that in 2015 there will be even more nominations which can be made by anyone who identifies a project they feel merits consideration.

Heritage Open Days 2013 Find Out More !


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Come along and see some of our very special buildings !

Chapel of Rest, Newcastle Cemetery, Lymewood Grove, off Friarswood Road (Also accessible from Abbot’s Way, Westlands). A Victorian burial chapel of 1866, with original ceramic tiles and oak pews.

Open Thursday 12th September, 2pm to 4pm


St. Giles Parish Church, Church Street. A Gothic revival of 1876, designed by George Gilbert Scott. The medieval tower is the oldest structure in Newcastle. Climb the tower for the view !

Open Friday 13th September, 9am to 12 noon and Saturday 14th September, 10am to 6pm


Unitarian Meeting House, Lower Street (A34) close to the Parish Church. Built in 1717 (upper storey 1926). Older building burned down in 1715. Attended by Josiah Wedgwood and Joseph Priestley. (Look for the Newcastle-under-Lyme Civic Society Blue Plaques).

Open Saturday 14th September, 11am to 4pm


Holy Trinity Church, London Road (A34). Built in 1834 of decorative blue brick. Original altars and fittings. Interesting stained glass. Life sized statues by Eric Gill.

Open Saturday 14th September, 10.30am to 5pm


St. Margaret’s, Wolstanton. Red sandstone landmark. Interesting Sneyd family effigies. Grave of Henry Faulds, fingerprinting pioneer and of Sarah Smith, a murder mystery.

Open Saturday 14th September, 1pm to 5pm


Keele Hall. Former home of the Sneyd family. Victorian gardens and arboretum. Guided tours of the hall and gardens. Raven Mason Ceramics Collection on display. Antique pottery identification by curator.

Open Sunday 15th September 10.30am to 3.30pm




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It is once again time to be on the look out for projects to nominate for this award.

This scheme, run jointly by the Civic Society and Borough Council, aims to promote good design and workmanship in buildings and development of land within the Borough.

There are three categories :-

A   New buildings

i. Residential

ii. Commercial and other

B   Conservation / Refurbishment

i. Residential

ii. Commercial and other

C   Landscaping and development of land

In categories A and B work must be completed between 1st January 2011 and 31st December 2012 and in category C between 1st January 2009 and 31st December 2012.

Anyone may nominate a project for consideration but all nominations must be received by 1st August 2013. Details about nomination forms will be available shortly.

Winners of the awards in 2011 were :-

Category A (ii)  Newcastle-under-Lyme College

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and Stoke City F.C. Training Facility

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Category B (ii)   Lancaster Buildings


Look out for possible projects to nominate as you travel about the Borough.

Civicwatch Survey

As part of the annual Civic Day 2012 celebrations Civic Voice organised a national “civic pride survey”.

This survey is known as Civicwatch.

Civicwatch is the civic movement’s annual contribution to finding out how proud we all of our towns, villages and cities. The results from Civicwatch are used locally by each civic group and by Civic Voice to capture the “civic state of the nation”. It is a “civic snapshot” of the country on a particular day.

Hopefully Civicwatch will give us a greater insight into how people feel about their towns and villages then any survey that has gone before.


Our members “manning” The Civic Society stall at the market on Saturday 23rd June asked forty four members of the public the following questions as part of the Civicwatch survey. Seven Society members also responded.






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Question 1.

Are you proud of where you live ?




Question 2.

Do you feel part of your local   community ?




Question 3.

Do you feel as though your voice is   listened to ?





In addition to the Civicwatch questions our members also asked……….


What do you like most about Newcastle-under-Lyme ?

What do you most dislike about Newcastle-under-Lyme ?

How do you think Newcastle-under-Lyme could be improved ?



The responses received are summarised below :



What do you like most about Newcastle-under-Lyme ?

Public   response –

  •   It is a market town
  •   The market (although considered to be deteriorating)
  •   Friendly people
  •   Compact centre
  •   Old buildings
  •   The town’s remaining history
  •   Parks/gardens/roundabouts
  •   Beautiful surrounding countryside

Members   response -

  •   Historic market town
  •   Surrounding countryside
  •   Floral displays
  •   Access to countryside and major towns and cities


What do you most dislike about Newcastle-under-Lyme ?

Public   response –

  •   Uninteresting modern buildings
  •   Demolition of old buildings (esp.Municipal Hall)
  •   Too many empty shops
  •   Too many charity shops
  •   No big store
  •   Decline in range of shops and character of town
  •   Deterioration of the market
  •   No go area at night time
  •   Drunks in Grosvenor Gardens
  •   Pigeons – nuisance
  •   Thought of possible link to Stoke
  •   Threat to open green spaces
  •   Lack of respect for environment – uncared for
  •   Litter

Members   response -

  •   Threat of amalgamation with Stoke
  •   Loss of cattle market
  •   Too many vacant shops
  •   Too few quality shops
  •   Litter



How do you think Newcastle-under-Lyme could be improved ?

Public   response –

  •   Covered bus station
  •   Cheaper / free parking
  •   More small (quality) shops
  •   People to be more  responsible   for the state of the town
  •   More live music / arts
  •   Decision-makers to listen to the ”people”
  •   Make town cleaner
  •   Department store
  •   Cheaper rents
  •   Subsidised units for community use
  •   Fewer charity shops
  •   University information centre
  •   Retain old buildings
  •   Fewer pubs/nightclubs
  •   Indoor market

Members   response -

  •   Make town centre safer in evenings
  •   Enforce pedestrian areas (cyclists/mobility scooters)
  •   Cheaper / free parking
  •   More small quality shops
  •   Make market stalls more attractive



Heritage Open Days 2012

Image6th to 9th September 2012




Unitarian Meeting House (1717 & 1926)

 Saturday 8th Sept   11.00 am – 4.00 pm

Sunday 9th Sept   12 (noon)  – 2.00 pm


Newcastle Cemetery Chapel  (1866)

 Thursday 6th Sept    2.00 pm – 4.00 pm


Holy Trinity Church (1833)

 Saturday 8th Sept    10.30 am – 5.00 pm

Sunday 9th Sept    1.00 pm – 5.00 pm


St. Giles Church (1876)

 Friday 7th Sept    10.00 am – 12 (noon)

Saturday 8th Sept    10.00 am – 4.00 pm

Sunday 9th Sept    12 (noon) – 1.00 pm




  Sunday 9th Sept     l0.00 am – 5.00 pm.

 Raven Mason Ceramics Collection on display.

 More details:   www.heritageopendays.org.uk


Also as part of Newcastle Library’s History Month



Numbers limited

Tickets available at Newcastle Library,

(desk on 1st floor)


Friday 7th Sept  -  10.00 am – 11.00 am

A Victorian School:

The former Orme Boys School, Pool Dam


Saturday 8th Sept  -  10.00 am – 11.00 am

A Victorian Barracks:

The former barracks in Barracks Road


Sunday 9th Sept  -  2.00 pm – 3.00 pm

A Victorian Villa: 20 Sidmouth Avenue

(Now occupied by Newcastle Registry Office)




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