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Report - Falcon Works, Stoke these are the works of W.H. Goss.

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by chriswithington, May 15, 2015.

  1. chriswithington

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    Falcon Works, Stoke
    these are the works of W.H. Goss, off London Road, Stoke
    - not to be confused (which they often are) with the Falcon Works of J.H. Weatherby in Hanley which I loaded images of onto Facebook yesterday.

    William Henry Goss studied at the School of Design, Somerset House, London. He initially specialised in ivory porcelain and perfected a method of improving the finish of jewelled porcelain, and invented the body and enamels for the heraldic china by which he is best known today.

    From 1858 to c.1870 William Henry Goss was at the Cock Works in John Street (now Leese Street), off Liverpool Road. He set up in business here on his own after working at W.T. Copelands for about a year.

    Goss moved to the Falcon Works around 1870.

    In 1873 Goss registered a patent for improvements in manufacturer of various items made from ceramic materials.

    1883 - His son Adolphus joined the firm and was key in developing the souvenir trinket market.

    1900 Adolphus left the firm after some disagreements with his father, Which I think must of been somewhat difficult when times were so hard.

    Between 1902 and 1905 the Falcon Works were extended.

    William H Goss handed over the firm to two of his other sons, Victor Henry and William Huntley.

    W H Goss died in 1906 and was buried in Hartshill Cemetary. For probate the business and effects were valued at £59,603 14s 5d. (equivalent of £6 million in 2013)

    In 1913 Victor Henry died in a riding accident and William Huntley was left in charge of the business. He was not interest in progress and the firm gradually fell behind the times.

    In Just 23 years of poor ownership the Falcon works had gone from being a hugely successful business through to a business on the brink of collapse.

    1929 the business taken over by Cauldon Potteries Ltd. and continued under the Goss name.

    1929 Goss was an exhibitor at the British Industries Fair, Birmingham. They were listed as 'Manufacturers of Ivory Porcelain, Teaware, Preserve Pots and Souvenirs. Art Pottery.'

    1934 - the business was renamed Goss China Co. Ltd.

    The business was aquired by Harold T. Robinson who also purchased Cauldon Potteries and many heraldic china producers.

    The works then closed in 1944
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    The business and works since 1956

    1956 - the moulds and engravings were purchased by the Lawley Group Ltd. and by this time the Falcon Works belonged to Portmeirion Potteries Ltd. [who in 1961 aquired the business and works of Kirkhams Ltd who operated next to the Falcon Works.]

    August 1979 - the two remaining glost kilns and workshop/warehouse range were registered as Listed Buildings, Which are documented in my images.

    1985 - the Goss trade mark was revived by Royal Doulton Ltd. (who has subsumed Lawleys - and others)

    In 2002 Portmeirion carried out a study called 'The Potteries Response On Maintenance Of The Environment (PROMOTE) LIFE PROJECT.
    The original PROMOTE LIFE proposal was to build a working factory of the millennium, incorporating a Visitor Centre, on a derelict site, of about 1.3 hectares, adjacent to the factory on London Road, incorporating the former Falcon Works kilns and buildings.

    However, following a review of the Visitor Centre project, the Portmeirion Board of Directors decided to invest in its core business, rather than develop the tourism sector.

    In December 2002 Portmeirion group applied for listed building planning consent for 'Part demolition of the Falcon Works and refurbishment of the remaining area' - this application was subseqently abandoned.

    2011 - In the Stoke-on-Trent City Council 'Stoke Town Masterplan', October 2011 the Falcon Works was identified as "a beautiful site with potential for residential conversion but the market is unlikely to bring it forward in the short term and there are issues with noise from the Portmeirion works. In the medium term the proposal is a market-led approach that brings forward a residential refurbishment together with a new build element to screen the Portmeirion factory."

    2011 - the Falcon Works were sold off by Portmeirion to a company named Connexa.

    2015 - today the Portmeirion Group have a net worth of £50,00,000+ view_bing.jpg view.jpg falcon1.jpg falcon2.jpg falcon3.jpg falcon5.jpg falcon6.jpg falcon7.jpg falcon8.jpg falcon9.jpg falcon10.jpg falcon11.jpg falcon12.jpg
     
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    Good report, always a good place for a mooch.

    Bottle kilns not open? Good at the back of this place if you like broken Victorian china, the whole bank is made of it!
     
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    Nice report mate :thumb like the old pics.

    As for the Mono, as arty as it can be i feel it"s not showing the place off too it"s best, especiallyin the overexposed & reflective areas, probably get away with it in colour & a few -EV jusy my opion, i know you like mono;)
     
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    Can't stand graffiti mate that's one of the primary reasons.
    Light is a real swine in buildings like this with so many boards up, I don't use flash just available light.

    Cheers guys.
     
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    Kilns were completely a no go area very much secured off.

    Really wanted to see inside that place.
     
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    I appreciate that Chris, not that you can avoid Graff" these days, but on my monitor it"s showing heavily overexposed areas that you could compensate for in camera never mind PP (which looking at the building & sky you"ve used at the very least some filters) & still keep yr Arty Mono ;) which doesn"t always come out well in heavily reduced images anyway.

    Just an observation, your pics would be better for it :coat
     
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    I'm sure in time I will develop, Just wanted to share my experience, If we all did things the same the world would be boring.

    No filters used in my images :)
     
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    Just offering advice mate ;)
     
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    Lovely stuff
     
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    Thanks mate I know you are. :-)
     
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