Pottery crates at J J West, Crate makers, Navigation Road, Middleport

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Date:December 1963

Description:Crate making was an important ancillary trade for the pottery industry. Crate yards were usually small companies, but very important in reducing losses through transport breakages of finished pottery. The main frame is made from split staves or heads and the cross or bindings from hazel withies woven through the frame. Crates usually had separate tops and were packed with straw to transport pottery and earthenware.

This type of crate lasted into the 1970s before being replaced by wire mesh containers. These crates were photographed at J J West & Sons yard in Middleport.

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Creators: Mr Bert Bentley - Creator

Image courtesy of: Stoke on Trent City Archives.

Donor ref:SD1480/106-09 (204/35406)

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