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The Leopard Inn, Burslem | by Raven Photography by Jenna Goodwin
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The Leopard Inn, Burslem

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I recently had the fantastic opportunity to photograph a fantastic piece of history right in the middle of Stoke on Trent.


Sometimes known as the 'Savoy of the Midlands' the Leopard Inn in Burslem certainly holds a lot of hidden secrets. The Leopard Inn is one of Stoke-on-Trent's hidden gems. A listed building in Burslem, it is steeped in history and the discovery of tunnels and 58 bedrooms that have been left exactly as they were when they were sealed between the 1930's and 1950's has brought it centre-stage again.


The Leopard Inn dates from the early 1700's. Initially a coaching house and Inn, there has been a working pub on this site for 300 years or more. In 1878 a three storey extension including 57 rooms were built. The ambition was to create in Burslem 'The Savoy of the North'. The rooms to the front of the Leopard are today in use as a pub and restaurant, and to the rear the hotel lies abandoned and purportedly haunted.


The Leopard Inn, on Market Place, has become internationally well-known following its appearance on Most Haunted in 2007.


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Taken on January 26, 2013