Stoke-on-Trent - Potworks of the week
Dudson are famous for their hotel ware - always look under your cup and plate in a hotel or restaurant - you will often see the Dudson mark.
The Dudson Hope Street factory was founded in 1800 eventually closed in 1980 and all production moved to Burslem and Tunstall.
Photo: Ian Bailey - 1983
Bottle kiln in yard to rear of premises occupied by Dudson Bros. Ltd. Hanover Street, Hanley.
Pottery works, established on the site in the 1820's, but displaying a complex history of growth, adaptation and modification, with a major expansion in 1872.
Brick with plain tiled roofs. A complex of buildings grouped around a courtyard, with main range to Hanover Street:
2-storeyed entrance block of 3 bays with arched entry to courtyard and doorways inserted in former windows to ground floor, casement windows above. Adjoining this to the left is a further range of 5 bays, with single ring chamber heads to windows, renewed in original openings. 2 further bays beyond, a later addition. These adjoin a small house, with central blocked doorway flanked by windows now boarded, but with flat arched stuccoed heads.
Other sides of courtyard occupied by a series of brick buildings, with one long range to SE, built in 2 phases, of 6 and 7 bays.
The kiln is housed within the courtyard - a wide circular hovel, partly rendered over.
Note the tramways in Hope Street. St.
Johns Church to the right still stands.
photos: Steve Birks - Oct 1999
Cheese Dish with Cover made by Dudson, this piece of jasperware is a pale blue or powder blue with the white relief figures around the cover. The base is 10 ½ inches in diameter with the cover being 8 ½ inches in diameter and 10 inches in height.