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Living in May Bank: The local area guide

In North Staffordshire, May Bank is a small suburb and ward within the town and borough of Newcastle-under-Lyme. The neighbourhood benefits from a wealth of resources, with a wide range of shops and amenities, as the town of Stoke-on-Trent is also just within two miles. In fact, the suburbs of Newcastle-under-Lyme and Stoke-on-Trent overlap in many areas.

Representative of this, the Index of Multiple Deprivation ranks central May Bank’s barriers to services as better than about 99% of the rest of England, meaning local services are extremely accessible. Overall, central May Bank ranks as better than 77% of the rest of England. The area is ideally situated for families and working adults in either of the neighbouring towns.


Newcastle-under-Lyme has a population of 75,082, which the specific ward of May Bank has a resident population of 6,236. About 42% of residents are between the ages of 30-59, with a mean age of 42. Children account for about 14% of the population. There are 2,829 households in May Bank.

Of people aged 16-74, 45% work full-time, about 15% work part-time, 9% are self-employed and 18% are retired. Professionals make up the largest occupation group, accounting for 18.6% of employed adults. Associate Professional and Technical, and Administrative and Secretarial account for 13.5% and 12.7% respectively.

Skilled Trades workers make up 11.9% of workers, and Managers, Directors and Senior Officials are 9.6% of the working resident population. Most residents of May Bank travel less than 5 kilometres for work, and private cars are the most common form of transportation to work.


Within just one mile of May Bank, there are 9 primary schools, 5 secondary schools and 2 sixth forms. The local May Bank Infants School serves children of the ages 5-7. The closest primaries are St Wulstan’s Catholic Primary, Merryfields School and St Margaret’s C of E Junior School. Wolstanton High School is less than half a mile away and serves as an area secondary with 820 pupils, with 88% of pupils achieving middle to high performance for KS4 levels.

Newcastle-under-Lyme School is under a mile away and offers a comprehensive primary through to sixth form education, with 865 pupils.


May Bank has excellent transport connections via bus, car and train. The main M6 motorway lies directly southwest of Newcastle-under-Lyme. The A527 runs through the ward of May Bank, and it is bordered on the east by the A500. Longport railway station is just 1.5 miles to the north along the A500, and Stoke-on-Trent station is just two miles to the southeast.

The ward is actually nearly equidistant to the centres of Stoke-on-Trent, which can be reached in 11 minutes by bus, and Newcastle-under-Lyme, which can be reached in 10 minutes by bus. Central Newcastle-under-Lyme is 1.5 miles away, so is even within easy walking distance, taking about 29 minutes. Each of the town centres are only 3 minutes by car or taxi.

May Bank is 2 hours 43 minutes from London by car and 5 hours by bus. Virgin Trains service from Stoke-on-Trent arrives at London Euston in just 1 hour 34 minutes. Liverpool Airport is 55 minutes by car or 2 hours 9 minutes by train, and Manchester Airport is just 38 minutes by car or 1 hour 39 minutes by train.

Amenities and shopping

May Bank’s amenities and shopping options are nearly endless, with all the essentials available in the immediate area plus a vast array of options in the nearby towns. There is a post office, several supermarkets, cafes, restaurants and an assortment of specialist shops within easy reach, as well as several beloved local timbre-framed pubs, including The Victoria Ember Inn and The Cricketers Arms.

The area across the two towns is particularly into sport, so there are a variety of sports clubs throughout. Near May Bank, there is the Wolstanton Bowling Club and a golf course. Newcastle-under-Lyme has a football club, the Newcastle & Hartshill Cricket Club, the Newcastle Track Cycling Association and a general athletic club. The town also offers extensive shopping and dining options, as well as an array of beautiful nationally recognised parks and gardens.

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