Talke is a village in Staffordshire, England, 4 miles northwest of Newcastle-under-Lyme and 1.5 miles southwest of Kidsgrove. Population details taken at the 2011 census can be found under Kidsgrove.

Location within Staffordshire
OS grid referenceSJ824533
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtST7
Dialling code01782
AmbulanceWest Midlands
EU ParliamentWest Midlands
UK Parliament


Its unusual name is derived from the even more unusual "Talk o' th' Hill" which means 'bush on top of the hill'.[1] Talke is mentioned in the Domesday Book as Talc in 1086.


Talke was made a civil parish in 1932, being transferred from the disbanded Audley Urban District to Kidsgrove Urban District[2] which subsequently became part of the Borough of Newcastle-under-Lyme.

Talke and Talke Pits were formerly mining sites, which is why there are road names such as Coal Pit Hill.

Notable people

  • 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.[3]
  • Margaret O'Flynn (1920-2014), gynaecologist and pioneer of contraception services for women.


  1. "Literary Heritage - Talke". Shropshire County Council. Archived from the original on 29 December 2006. Retrieved 14 January 2007.
  2. "Unit history of Talke". A Vision of Britain. Archived from the original on 1 October 2007. Retrieved 14 January 2007.
  3. Ritchie, Sebastian. "Mitchell, Reginald Joseph (1895–1937)." Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, September 2004. Retrieved: 21 August 2010.

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