With a unique industrial heritage, Stoke-on-Trent is a fascinating city for anyone interested in ceramics and their history. But it can be a confusing city to navigate. If you arrive by train, you’ll come into Stoke-on-Trent station – as you would expect – but the city is actually made up of six towns (and a few smaller centres). The other five are Longton, Fenton, Burslem, Tunstall and Hanley, all collectively known as The Potteries. So get organised and check out the museums, factory tours, shops and cafes. Here are a few of our recommendations.
Gladstone Pottery Museum
Based in Longton, not far from our showroom, is the Gladstone Pottery Museum, a beautifully preserved example of a Victorian pottery factory complete with bottle kilns which you can see inside, cobbled yard, tile gallery, Doctor’s House and Flushed with Pride – the story of the toilet. Interesting insights too into working conditions in Victorian times. Great for children as you can try your hand at throwing on the potter’s wheel or making ceramic flowers.
Middleport Pottery Factory tour
The home of Burleigh and Leeds pottery, The Prince’s Regeneration Trust has put some £9m into restoring the heritage buildings at Middleport in a sympathetic way. A highly recommended tour and the only place you can see tissue decorating.