Middleport is mostly household, with distinctive Victorian terraced homes. Nevertheless, it additionally is a working industrial district and includes numerous potteries: ranging from Middleport Pottery, the earliest working Victorian pottery, owned and recovered by The Prince’s Regeneration Trust, where Burleigh Pottery is made; to the art-driven Lorna Bailey; to Steelite, a modern-day mass-production ceramics producer.
The Trent and Mersey Canal and a vital path of the National Cycle Network go through Middleport. The line of the canal with the City of Stoke-on-Trent is a linear preservation area. Middleport includes one of the nation’s richest stretches of canalside commercial ancestry. In 1990, the canal location has benefited from around £ 1mof Groundwork funding, and £4m of Townscape Heritage financing. Clarice Cliff’s Newport Pottery, where she produced some of her most famous work, adjoined the canal and an artist-designed 12-foot steel markerpost recognizes the area.
Middleport is an area that is critical to the regrowth of the city, as it sits in the center of a ring of imminent projects totalling around £250m: the Chatterley Valley scheme, the Etruria Valley system, the regrowth of Burslem community facility, and a recommended major “park and flight” interchange and business-park on the site of the aged Shelton Bar steel rolling-mill.
Middleport piloted a community warden support service in 2002 & 2003; & 2003; consequently, criminal activity dropped by 80 %. The solution was subsequently expanded across Stoke-on-Trent and adopted in various other cities.
Middleport attributes in numerous of the books of Arnold Bennett, and the movie variation of his The Card was recorded in Middleport with Alec Guinness.
Middleport Park Bowling Club has a national credibility and has won several nationwide trophies.