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Report - Wade Heath, Hilltop Works Burslem (Stoke on Trent) April 16

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by dweeb, Apr 4, 2016.

  1. dweeb

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    Visited a part of this a long while ago but I always had a feeling there was more to see here. A very old works which is an eclectic mix of mid 19th C buildings with bits added on seemingly every twenty years or so to create a complete warren of corridors and rooms, most of which involve climbing or descending a flight of stars owing to the fact the site is on a fairly steep hill (hence it's name I guess...)

    This building was Wade's Industrial ceramics factory, along with the famous "whimseys" and flagons for the whiskey industry... I've drank a fair amount of scotch in my time and never recall it coming from a ceramic vessel, but perhaps my taste in scotch is not refined enough to experience (or afford) such delights.

    The crazy layout of the place means whole swaths of the place can be missed by failing to spot a single door or staircase. I think we covered most of it though, and some of those nooks and crannies overlooked by the local scrotes still yielded intact ceramics and the equipment to make it with.

    An enjoyable mooch to say the least... Everything one would expect to find in a pottery is here, even if it is a little jumbled up!

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    Glost ovens
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    The offices are by far the most interesting building externally, but inside has been extensivley modernised :(
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    The NHS hospital spec carpet under the more modern layers
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    I bet you'd thought you'd escaped my usual tile photo... these very unusual Wade tiles had been used to in-fill unwanted windows on the works
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    STOKE SENTENAL : If you wish to use my photos please ask first! Ta!
     
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  2. Ferox

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    Great report that mate. The Chivas mould looks awesome.
     
  3. Oxygen Thief

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    @dweeb - is this the same wade factory we did ages ago?
     
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    Yeah, we just didn't explore it all before for some reason!
     
  5. hamtagger

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    Knob Blue haha! Quality stuff there :)
     
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    Yeah I don't get that, we were in there for ages as well.
     
  7. dave

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    Very nice it certainly pays to go back to places. The number of times ive gone back somewhere and thought how did i miss that the first time especially a place like this with all those nooks and crannies and staircases etc.
     
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    Epileptic mix?

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  9. dweeb

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    Lol that's auto correct for you... I of course meant "eclectic"
     
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