Its unusual name is derived from the even more unusual "Talk o' th' Hill" which means 'bush on top of the hill'. Talke is mentioned in the Domesday Book as Talc in 1086.
Talke and Talke Pits were formerly mining sites, which is why there are road names such as Coal Pit Hill.
- Enoch Edwards (1852 in Talk-o'-the Hill – 1912) was a British trade unionist and politician, a Lib-Lab MP for Hanley in 1906, then a Labour Party MP in 1909.
- Frederick Heath-Caldwell (1858–1945), British Army officer and RAF general, inherited the Linley Wood estate near the village
- Reginald Mitchell (1895–1937), the creator of the Spitfire aeroplane, was a native of local village, Butt Lane.
- Margaret O'Flynn (1920-2014), gynaecologist and pioneer of contraception services for women.
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- "Unit history of Talke". A Vision of Britain. Archived from the original on 1 October 2007. Retrieved 14 January 2007.
- Ritchie, Sebastian. "Mitchell, Reginald Joseph (1895–1937)." Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, September 2004. Retrieved: 21 August 2010.
- History of Talke church and its saint; followed by comprehensive history of Talke
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- Former Hilltop Primary School