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A few Observations on the Distressed State of our Manufacturers, and the Cause of that Distress - the Orders in Council. A document from the Enoch Wood Scrapbook

In the years leading up to 1812, a struggle was underway to preserve livelihoods and industry in the Potteries. One government decision could make all the difference, but would it all come too late? Ruin Years ...

An invitation to dine with the local volunteer corps - Hand Written Letter from the Enoch Wood Scrapbook

Hand-written letter from Major Williamson of the Longport Corps., inviting Enoch Wood to dinner on Wednesday 21st April 1813. It reads; Major Williamson and the officers of the Longport Corps request ...

Annual General Meeting of the Manufacturers of China and Earthenware - from the Enoch Wood Scrapbook

During the career of Burslem pottery manufacturer Enoch Wood (1759 - 1840), industry bosses frequently gathered to discuss pressing issues and find common solutions to particular problems that they faced. 1812: ...

Anti-Slavery petition to be organised in Stoke-on-Trent - A notice from the Enoch Wood scrapbook

Once Britain had outlawed the slave trade in 1804-5, a new organisation known as the African Institution tried to maintain the momentum of the anti-slavery movement. Now they called for other countries ...

Bomb Damage

Bomb damage at Old Stoke Road, Stoke-on-Trent, 1941.

Bomb Damage

Bomb damage at the rear of Heathouse Lane, Bucknall, photographed on 23 August 1942.

Bomb Damage

Bomb damage at Taylor Avenue, May Bank, Newcastle-under-Lyme, in June 1941. Note the crater in the foreground, and surviving furniture being loaded onto the back of a truck immediately beyond. Part ...

Bomb Damage

Bomb damage on High Street, Pittshill. This photograph is part of an official survey of bomb damage commissioned by the City of Stoke-on-Trent in 1941.

Bomb Damage

Photograph of a bomb damaged shop on the High Street in Pittshill, Stoke-on-Trent. Part of an official survey commissioned in 1941 by the City of Stoke-on-Trent.

Bomb Damage, Old Stoke Road, Stoke-on-Trent

Old Stoke Road pictured after a bombing raid in January 1941. On this particular night the target was the Michelin tyre factory, with Stoke railway goods yard as a secondary target. Recalling the ...

Bomb damage, Pitts Hill, Stoke-on-Trent

During the early years of World War Two, Stoke-on-Trent was a strategic high priority target. The main targets were the Michelin factory, the railway goods yard, the British Aluminium Works and Radway ...

Bread or Blood: On the Orders in Council - Document from the Enoch Wood Scrapbook

Addressed to manufacturers across the country, this notice lists the woes of the pottery industry during the Napoleonic Wars in the early 1800s - and the word on the street was just as urgent. France ...

Britannia's Address to her Fair Daughters - a radical call to women from the Enoch Wood scrapbook

Love of country is not sexual; in every age, in every country, it has warmed and animated the female breast... In the early 19th century, women were among the most forward-thinking political activists ...

Buccleuch Road, Longton. Photographed by William Blake.

Street scene taken at Buccleuch Road, Normacot, Nr. Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. This is one of many street scenes in the Blake Collection. Most of them were taken in the Normacot and Dresden ...

Burslem June 20th. 1804 - Document from the Enoch Wood Scrapbook

Hand-written invoice from Enoch Wood to a group of wealthy local men who have agreed to pay for a dinner taken by the Longport Volunteer Corps. Volunteer Corps The French Revolution in 1789 signalled ...

Burslem Volunteer Corps - Document from the Enoch Wood Scrapbook

THAT a VOLUNTEER CORPS of INFANTRY be formed Printed public notice announcing the resolutions from a meeting that took place in the Legs of Man in Burslem on June 2Oth, 1797. A number of businessmen ...

Burslem Volunteer Corps - Document from the Enoch Wood Scrapbook

Burslem Volunteer Corps Rules and Regulations Printed booklet outlining the rules and regulations of the Burslem Volunteer Corps. The booklet sets out a series of rules and subsequent fines for ...

Burslem Volunteers - Document from the Enoch Wood Scrapbook

The formation of a volunteer corps Printed notice by Enoch Wood, dated August 15th 1803, announcing a meeting at Legs of Man public house in Burslem. The purpose of the meeting, to discuss the formation ...