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Report - Wades LTD, Hill Works, Stoke-on-Trent, Oct 2012

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by BAJ, Oct 17, 2012.

  1. BAJ

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    Visited this place twice, once with Ravenwing93 and Demonhunter, and once with Humpa.


    The Hill Works, built in 1814 by John and Richard Riley, replicating the corner plan and arched coach entrance of Enoch Wood’s Fountain Place Works, and displaying the customary Venetian façade.

    Considering to be "one of the best pottery offices and warehouses" remaining in the city. Wade Heath and Co. and then Wades Ltd. occupied the building from 1954 to 2010 when they moved to new works at the Festival Site, Etruria.


    The reason for visiting twice is because the first time I went I thought "Great, another shitderp in Stoke", but after seeing other reports and seeing that it was actually pretty decent in places I thought I better get my arse into gear and get there again. Anyway, enough of my life story and on with the pics:




    In August of 1952, the war restriction was finally lifted and George Wade Pottery once again began production of decorated ware for the home. Following a huge drop in the demand for industrial ceramics after the war, George Wade Pottery decided to reintroduce their retail line of pre-War animal figurines in 1953. The new figurines, boxed in sets of 5, proved to be a far better success than even Wade could have imagined. These new miniature porcelain animal figurines were called "Whimsies".




    The Tourist Room:






    Thanks for taking the time to look:D

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