The Rise of the Staffordshire Potteries
Author: John Thomas
Publisher: Adams & Dart
Pages: 228 pages
ISBN: ISBN-10: 0239000633 ISBN-13: 9780239000637
The Staffordshire Potteries is the industrial area encompassing the six towns, Tunstall, Burslem, Hanley, Stoke, Fenton and Longton that now make up the city of Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire, England. North Staffordshire became a centre of ceramic production in the early 17th century, due to the local availability of clay, salt, lead and coal. Hundreds of companies produced decorative or industrial items. This book on the origins of industry includes chapters on the peasant pottery stage, the steam engine, the application of steam power to pottery processes, roads, commercial techniques and the national chamber of manufacture. Illustrated with over 50 rare black and white photographs.