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The Potteries. Photographed by William Blake.

A view of Longton taken from St. James' Church, Uttoxeter Road, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. The postcard is dated 1875 but Blake was not born until the mid 1870s. It is more likely that ...

The Real Devil in Stoke On Trent

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 appear to confirm that Blake ...

The site of Ashworth's and Clementson's potteries, Hanley

The tall chimney on the left belonged to George Ashworth's Broad Street Works. On the right are the remains of a chimney belonging to Clementson's flint mill. The bottle ovens in between are part of ...

Tipping Molten Slag at an Ironworks. Photographed by William Blake.

Industrial scene taken at Etruria Steel Works in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. This view includes a steam engine and workers tipping molten waste known as slag.

Twentieth Century Hell

Industrial landscape taken in the Potteries with the caption "20th Century Hell". Photographed by William Blake. This photograph, with its damning caption, is one of many that criticise the conditions ...

Victoria Mill, Stanley Moss Lane, Stanley

The Victoria Mill in Stanley was part of Harrison & Son, reputedly the largest ceramic glaze and colour manufacturers in the world in the 1890s. The glaze ingredients were initially ground into fritt ...

View of Longton

Townscape overlooking Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. Photographed by William Blake.

View of the Potteries

Lantern slide containing a copy of one of Blake's postcards. The card shows a smoke filled industrial landscape taken in the Potteries with the commentary "O beautiful my country." Photographed by William ...

View of the Potteries.

A postcard with a view of Stoke-on-Trent, with the caption 'Fresh air for the Potteries' showing the level of pollution before the Clean Air Act in 1956.

Vulcan Works, Clough Street, Hanley

The Vulcan Works was operated by Swinnertons Ltd (a company linked with the neighbouring Alcock, Lindley & Bloore pottery). Between then two works is Slippery Lane. The Vulcan Works dates from the ...

W.S. Leach, Wife & Dog at Knutton

Outdoor portrait of a man, a woman and a Staffordshire Bull Terrier taken at Knutton, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. Chimney stacks, railway signals and a church can be seen in the background. The ...

Wharf Street, Longton. Photographed by William Blake.

Street scene taken at Wharf Street, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. This is possibly the best known image from the collection. Blake, in a library entry for the North Staffs Field Club, describes ...

Wheatly & Son brickworks, Springfields, Stoke-on-Trent

Wheatly's Brick & Tile Works (Springfield Tileries) fronted onto Newcastle Road (A34). This photograph shows the rear of the works, taken from Wheatly Avenue, with marl hole in the foreground and the ...

Wheatly's Springfields Tileries, Stoke-on-Trent

The stockyard, ovens and chimneys at Wheatly's Springfield tilery. In the foreground are a variety of ridge and roof tiles. The painted sign on the gable end on the right hand side advertises "bricks, ...

Whitfield Colliery. Photographed by William Blake.

Lantern slide with a view of Chatterly Whitfield Colliery, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. This lantern slide appears to be one of a group used for a presentation or slide show by Blake entitled “Staffordshire ...