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Report - J H Weatherby, Falcon pottery works, Stoke on Trent

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by dweeb, May 27, 2009.

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    Weatherby moved to the Falcon works from a smaller works in Tunstall in 1892. The factory was in the Weatherby family until closure in 2000. The works made everything from fancy goods to domestic ware, but their main lines were in Hotel and crested ware.


    I first got into the falcoln works about two or three years ago. In my opinion it was the best and most intact pottery in Stoke. Since then it has gone down hill at an alarming rate. I arrived this time to find most of the roof raped of its slates, and as a result the whole building is wet through and falling to pecies. Despite the fact it is a listed building, I doubt anyone will be able to do much with it after this damage.

    Despite the theft and rot, the pottery is still complete with moulds, all the work's machinery and piles and piles of finished and unfinished ware, dating from all ages...

    If anyone wants to see this place, now is the time. After the next winter the building is going to be in a very bad way indeed...

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    All of the pottery making machinery was home produced in Stoke. With the industry in tatters, I would be suprised if any of these firms have survived.
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    This is a 'horse' for stacking saggers in the bottle kiln.
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    The bottle kiln is still amazingly full of saggers, a very rare sight. It is probably 50 years since these will have been used, when the tunnel kiln replaced the bottle kiln method of firing ware.
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    I loved this. The plaster dust on the floor of the mould store had left 'ghost' moulds in the floor.
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    Marls, used for stacking ware in the kiln. The company that produced these is too derelict. No pottery factories left means no market for marls I suppose.
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    Weatherby pts used for mixing glaze
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