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Report - John Tams Crown Works & Commerce Works Kilns, Stoke-on-Trent - May 2019


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The Crown Pottery in Longton was established in 1841 by John Goodwin and was later occupied by Broadhurst & Sons from 1855 to 1872. John Tams operated from the site from 1875 until the Tams Group went into receivership in 2006. Since then the site has suffered numerous fires and currently has a demolition planning application taped to a nearby lamppost.

Explored on a beautiful sunny morning. Whilst walking a lap of the perimeter to find the best way into Tams I noticed the neighbouring bottle kilns from the Commerce Street Works were wide open and I couldn't resist a quick look. The Huawei was being a pernickety little bastard and insisting on over-sharpening everything, regardless of settings but here's what I salvaged...



The last listed part of the now demolished Commerce Works, presumably owned by pottery museum?

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Completely stripped inside, but worth it to see the very large kilns which completely dwarf the only other intact ones I've seen at WH Goss

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And on to Tams

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The main works are in a bad way with large sections of the roof gone

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Lovely day for a bit of dereliction :cool:

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Two Bricesco furnaces and the long tunnel kiln

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A stack of clock-in cards from 2006 on top of a mountain of unopened mail in the reception

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Loads of sheets of transfers in the stores

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Lovely period safe built into the wall

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The large office block was mostly empty and burned out, so I made the most of the sun up on the roof for a bit :thumb

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