The Devil In The Potteries

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Date:1905 - 1915 (c.)

Description:Industrial landscape taken at Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. Photography and Design by William Blake.

This design, with its damning caption, is one of many that criticise the conditions created by the pottery industry.

Canon L. Tyrwhitt

A preacher named Canon L. Tyrwhitt used to give sermons in the Fenton area of Stoke-on-Trent around 1903. He was very critical of the growing number of people in the locality who drank alcohol excessively. He referred to the problem as 'The Devil in the Potteries'.

This picture is believed to to be a reply to the sermons of Tyrwhitt. Blake, instead, placed the blame for the problems faced by the local working classes on the exploititive nature of the pottery industry.

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Creators: Mr William Blake - Creator

Donor ref:(40/10500)

Source: The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery

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