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Report - John Tams (Crown Works), Stoke-on-Trent - October 2011

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by tweek, Oct 26, 2011.

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    John Tams (Crown Pottery), Stoke-on-Trent - October 2011

    Visited with fishbrain, Xan Asmodi and NickUk

    Having looked at some other bits in the area we decided to nip into John Tams to see what all the fuss is about. Well, it's unsecure, trashed and leaking.

    This one has recently been the subject of some ludicrous gutter journalism.

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    John Tams was born in Stafford Street, Longton in 1837, the son of John Tams and Ann nee Procter. The family had been established in Shelton by about 1620.

    John Tams was apprenticed to a working potter. About 1865 he entered into partnership with Lowe, manufacturing in St. Gregory's Pottery, High Street, Longton. The partnership was dissolved about 1873 and in 1874 John Tams bought the Crown pottery, on the corner of Commerce Street and High Street. At first he specialised in the manufacture of imperial measured ware, mugs, jugs, etc., for hotels and public houses. The increasing use of glass and further government regulations forced him to develop new lines of production, including ornamental and general earthenware.

    The Pottery finally went under in 2000. Around that time, The Sentinel Newspaper printed the following heart-wrenching tale...
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    Thanks for viewing,
    tweek

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    #1 tweek, Oct 26, 2011
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