View from Norton Lane towards Bagnall, Stoke-on-Trent

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Date:June 1964

Description:Looking east from Norton Lane with the higher ground of Bagnall in the distance. In the foreground is Buller's (Allied Insulators) works with three bottle kilns. The Caldon Canal runs alongside the works, but is hidden by the factory buildings. Just to the left of the works is the factory's extensive shraff tip.

Buller's was one of the first companies to explore the markets created by electrical power, and by 1868 they were supplying porcelain insulators worlwide. Much of this work was involved with telegraph Insulators, but Bullers were also made insulators for the London's Metropolitan Underground Railway, London County Council Tramways, and for many other transport systems. The original works in Hanley soon became inadequate. an a new factory was opened in Milton in 1920. Electrical porcelain was the main product. Various amalgamations lead to the company being renamed Allied Insulators in 1972. The new company was linked with Doultons and Wade Ceramics. The Milton factory was closed in 2001, the buildings have been demolished and replaced with housing.

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Creators: Mr Bert Bentley - Creator

Image courtesy of: Stoke on Trent City Archives.

Donor ref:SD1480/035-01 (204/33183)

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