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Report - - J.H. Weatherbys (Falcon Works), Stoke-on-Trent – May 2015 | Industrial Sites | 28DaysLater.co.uk

Report - J.H. Weatherbys (Falcon Works), Stoke-on-Trent – May 2015



Landie_Man

"Landie" or Harry
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For a few months, Mookie and I had been planning a little Euro Derp trip; but funds forced us to stay on homeland. As we all know, most stuff is up North, so we decided to take 4 days off, book 3 nights in 2 different Premier Inns in the North and crack a whole list of Northern Sites.

I picked Mookie up early one morning and we headed off for our long weekend up in the Grim North armed with Mookies very comprehensive list of sites. The fail to win ratio was about half and half, leaning toward more fails; but we saw a hell of a lot more than the average derpy weekend!

The first site of our Northern tour was the very decayed yet very special Pottery JH Wetherbys, which has suffered badly from the local idiots and the weather since its 2000 closure. A lot of nice things remain and it is so damn photogenic!

J. H. Weatherby & Sons Ltd who established a works on site in 1891. The Firm originally specialized in earthenware but soon expanded on to produce fine porcelain.
Originally; Falcon Works had 5 kilns, but 3 where relocated to the south most area of the site in 1906 when the company expanded.

The firm grew slowly between and after the wars, first branching into hotelwares, then later into collectables. By the 70s the firm’s expansion was hindered by planning control forcing it to close in 2000 with just 10 members of staff on the books, a far cry from the 200 of old.


Went a bit crazy with my beloved 50mm in here! It needed it!

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