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The county borough was abolished in 1974, and Stoke became a non-metropolitan district of Staffordshire.
Its status as a unitary authority was restored on 1 April 1997, although it remains part of the ceremonial county of Staffordshire.
In 1919, the borough proposed to expand further and annex the neighbouring borough of Newcastle-under-Lyme and the Wolstanton United Urban District, both to the west of Stoke.
The most frequently suggested interpretations derive from a crossing point on the Roman road that ran from present-day Derby to Chesterton or the early presence of a church, said to have been founded in 670 AD.
The county borough of Hanley, the municipal boroughs of Burslem, Longton, and Stoke, together with the urban districts of Tunstall and Fenton now formed a single county borough of Stoke-on-Trent.
The combined borough took the name "town of Stoke".
The decision was overturned, however, when a direct approach was made to King George V, who agreed that the borough ought to be a city.
The public announcement of the elevation to city status was made by the King during a visit to Stoke on 4 June 1925.
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