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Report - Tams Pottery, Stoke 23/06/09

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by Rookinella, Jun 26, 2009.

  1. Rookinella

    Rookinella I should have danced all night
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    Visited with Rigsby.

    I think this was our third pottery of the day in a blitz to try and fit in as many as we could before driving down the Birmingham. We'd slept in the car in a Lidl's car park and set the alarm for 5am (whoops overselpt).

    Tams Pottery is great, they must have made mugs for everyone because there were some really random ones ranging from Plyaboy to Pokemon. The place is realy colourful and we even found a working radio for a very musical explore.

    Here's some history:

    In 1864 John Tams and William Lowe were two pottery companies who came from a partnership "Tams & Lowe" which split up in 1874.

    John Tams then formed the company on his own, in 1903 became John Tams & Son and in 1912 John Tams Ltd.

    Tams Group Limited was formed in April 2000. It was a management buy in of part of the former John Tams Group PLC, which went into receivership in February 2000.

    Tams Group Limited bought the rights to Tams, Royal Grafton and Grafton Living. Marketing these brands and still manufacturing in Longton, Stoke on Trent - in 2002 was the biggest ceramic employer in Longton and one of the biggest mugs manufacturer in Europe.

    The company operated from the Crown Works on The Strand in Longton and also had the Blythe, Sutherland and Atlas works in Longton - and a warehouse at the former Monarch flatware site in Fenton. In 2006 the group went into receivership and finally closed.


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