Stoke on Trent was one if the first places to embrace the Industrial revolution.
Pottery, coal mining, making steel. The start of canal building all happened in Stoke.
Wedgwood and Brindley, together with Spode, Machin, Cliff, Cooper and other famous men and women transformed the local towns into a place where industry could thrive.
It was late in the twentieth century when that industry started to wane following movement of some jobs abroad and the closure of the mines and steel industry, then gradually a lot of the smaller potteries in the area also closed.
The decline bought about dereliction of many of the older buildings that make up the heritage of the city, some collapsing through neglect. Others torn down to make way for supermarkets and warehousing. But through it all a lot if the old character remains. Leaving old rows of terraced houses, once built for the pottery workers and their masters, and old flint mills now transformed into museums.
The heritage of the city is also contained in places like Burslem School of Art, where one famous potteries artist Arthur Berry trained before going to college in London. This was also where Clarice Cliff learned her artistic skills.
I hope to capture more of the industrial landscape before it is transformed, although at the rate things happen here I don’t doubt that I will have plenty if time!