About the Civic Society

Who are we?

Newcastle-under-Lyme Civic Society was formed in 1968 and currently has approximately seventy members. We are a diverse group of local people from all sorts of backgrounds brought together by our desire to protect, conserve and improve the character of our historic North Staffordshire town.

The Objects of the Society are –

a) To stimulate public interest and care for the beauty, history and character of the area of the town and its surroundings.

b) To encourage the preservation, development and improvement of features of general public amenity or historic interest.

c) To pursue these ends by means of meetings, exhibitions, lectures, and promotion of schemes of a charitable nature.

d) To encourage high standards of architecture and town planning in Newcastle-under-Lyme.

Looking after Newcastle

Over quite recent years Newcastle has lost a number of interesting and important buildings and features. One of our aims is to try to preserve our heritage. The Civic Society’s first major campaign was to preserve the facade to the “Castle Hotel” in 1968. Members have worked tirelessly since then to conserve the best of Newcastle and encourage developments that improve our town. More recently the Civic Society was instrumental in restoring “Queen Victoria” to a more prominent position in the town centre and in 2006 we commissioned a “condition survey” of the statue to identify how she should be maintained.

Surveying Queen Victoria

Surveying Queen Victoria


We currently meet on the first Monday of each month (excluding August) at 7.30 pm in St. James’s Church Hall, Clayton, Newcastle. During our meetings we discuss planning applications, conservation issues, projects and other matters relating to the prosperity and development of our town. We act as a “pressure group” to try to support developments that we believe will benefit our town and fight against those which may damage its appearance or character.

Not every member can regularly attend meetings but all receive detailed minutes and their views, comments and concerns are valued.

We welcome new members!

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