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Report - Elijah Cotton (Nelson Pottery), Stoke on Trent - January 2014

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Goldie87, Jan 14, 2014.

  1. Goldie87

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    The company was first founded by Elijah Cotton in 1885, who built the present Nelson Pottery, on the site of an older one dating from 1785. The firm of Elijah Cotton Ltd was always identified with the manufacture of jugs, in the production of which they could undoubtedly claim to be specialists. In fact the firm's remarkable output of these more than justified their claim to be the largest manufacturers of jugs in the world. At their extensive works jugs of all sizes and shapes were made, from miniatures with a capacity of three fluid ounces to giants of ten pints. But jugs were by no means the only line produced by this successful and go-ahead concern. Its activities extend to the making of most kinds of earthenware, including tea and nursery wares and an extensive range of 'Fancies'. The factory seems to have closed in the early 1980's, after which the site was split up into various units.

    Was quite surprised to see this site still standing, it having been in an awful state for many years. I wasn't really feeling the place as its mega trashed, but while standing in a corridor spotted something interesting. Further investigation revealed a large stash of brown paper packages in a small roofspace, which given some persuasion came crashing down in a shower of letterheads, timecards, and dirt! This alone made the explore worthwile at least! Visited with jacquesj.

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