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Report - Falcon Pottery, Stoke on Trent - February 2016

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by BrainL, Feb 21, 2016.

  1. BrainL

    BrainL 28DL Full Member
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    The Explore
    Last explore of the day this one and not a bad one at all, as with lots of places I've seen lately I think we were a good few years to late for this one. Still a really interesting explore though and gives a real insight into an industry that was huge in that area at one time..

    The History
    The Falcon Works Hanley, was owned by J. H. Weatherby & Sons Ltd who established a works on site in 1891. The works originally specialized in earthenware but later went on to produce fine porcelain. The former extant hovel kiln most likely dates from the 1890s, although the inner kiln has undoubtedly been replaced many times since this date and is most likely mid 20th Century.

    Originally the works had 5 kilns, but 3 where relocated to the south of the site in 1906 when the firm expanded. During this expansion the front range was added providing a new facade to the main street. Before the construction of the Potteries Way, the street was the main road north out of Hanely and was lined with many small potteries.

    The firm continued to grow slowly between and after the wars, first branching into hotelwares, then later collectables. By the 1970s the firms expansion was hindered by planning control and by 2000 the works finally closed. At its height the works employed 200, by 2000 it employed 10.

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  2. WildBoyz

    WildBoyz Is this the future?
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    Great set of shots mate :thumb
     
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    Thanks mate :)
     
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