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Report - W. H. Goss, Falcon Works, Stoke-on-Trent, April 2011

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by layz, Apr 11, 2011.

  1. layz

    layz Conquistador d'Wolverton
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    This was the last of the ‘road trip of the Potteries’ my housemate and I embarked upon, and was an extremely interesting place. Whilst very little remains of the former works, the bottle kilns and ‘moulds room’ are a must see for anyone in the area.


    History

    The buildings which remain today were the 1902 extension to the larger 1858 ‘Goss’ Falcon works along London Road. William Henry Goss, owner of the Falcon pottery are credited with the idea of souvenir ware bearing crests and names of seaside resorts in the late 19th century. Initially Goss specialised in ivory porcelain, receiving a medal at the 1852 Great Exhibition and is best know today for perfecting a method of improving the finish of jewelled porcelain and inventing the body and enamels for heraldic china.
    After the First World War there was a decline in demand for Goss’ china, and in 1929 the family sold the factory to Cauldon Potteries who later became a subsidiary of Royal Doulton. Production finally ceased at the Falcon works in the 1940s and the site was bought by Portmerion in 1961 who continue to occupy the rear of the site.


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