Newcastle-under Lyme is a market town based in the Staffordshire county. With a population of 75,082, the town is a part of Stoke-On-Trent and North Staffordshire.
Newcastle's market, known to locals as The Stones, has been operating on the same High Street since 1173. Traditionally the market was held on Sundays. This was changed to Saturdays under John of England and then to Mondays by Elizabeth I. In recent times the market is open six days a week. 80 various stalls showcase their goods on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. On Tuesday the market is exclusive for antique sellers and Thursdays for the sale of bric-a-brac.
There are many notable residents that lived in the area. Founder of the "modern circus" Philip Astley, singer and songwriter Jackie Trent and novelist Arnold Bennett were all born and raised in Newcastle, attending local school Brampton House Academy.