Anchor Pottery, Longton

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Date:October 1962

Description:Demolition of a bottle oven at Sampson Bridgwood's Anchor Pottery in Goddard Street in the East Vale area of Longton. These are hovel ovens where the oven stands in the centre of a separate circular "hovel", which is really a chimney to create an updraught. In the photograph, most of the hovel has been demolished but the back wall still stands. Intact, the hovel would have been up to 70 feet high. The oven is the circular structure with iron bands (bonts) and fireholes visible. Bonts were iron bands around the oven, strengthening it and preventing warping with the heat. The rounded top part of the oven in the photograph. has been demolished. The walls of the ovens could be over 1 foot thick.

The Anchor Pottery produced both bone china and earthenware. Today the pottery site is housing.

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Creators: Mr Bert Bentley - Creator

Image courtesy of: Stoke on Trent City Archives.

Donor ref:SD1480/225-16 (204/38809)

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