The Potteries ‘Gone to Pot’ | Stoke-on-Trent

I have a fondness for ‘The Potteries’ in Stoke-on-Trent and an appreciation for its great pottery-making past. Partly because I was an undergraduate student at Keele University. And also because during this time I worked at Makro in Newcastle-under-Lyme, where I met my future wife. Certain areas of Stoke-on-Trent are run down, while others are beautiful. To be honest, I prefer spending time in the more run-down areas of Stoke. It is in these areas that the remains of ‘pot banks’ and Stoke’s once-great industrial past once stood. I love its honesty and unpretentiousness. Perhaps it’s also because I enjoy street photography.

I also enjoy visiting the few surviving pottery factories such as Wedgwood, Moorcroft, and Burleigh. It’s also nice how many other smaller pottery factories and independent ceramists keep going and start-up. A testament to the quality of English pottery that people still demand.

These abandoned spaces present a snapshot of bygone times. A world heritage site. Forget the Caribbean – give me a dose of grime reality!

The camera details

For those interested, all the photos below during this trip were taken with the Canon 1Ds Mk III SLR camera and EF 24-105 mm f/4L IS USM lens. Small tonal and exposure adjustments were made in Adobe Camera Raw.

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4 thoughts on “The Potteries ‘Gone to Pot’ | Stoke-on-Trent”

  1. Some fantastic photos, there, Paul. Many parts of Longton, where a lot of those were taken, are the same as they’ve been for over 100 years.

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  2. Great pictures. I would come in a van from Birmingham with my dad when I was maybe 9 or 10 this would be 1960 we would collect a van full of various wares from various potteries. It was such an adventure for me the girls in the tapping shop would shower me with sweets. We would have a stop and have a bag of chips. I only wish I had a camera then or my dad had taken some photos. Cheers JB

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