Stoke-on-Trent - Potworks of the week

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Weatherby & Sons Falcon Works, Hanley

Messrs. J H Weatherby & Sons established a small works at Tunstall in 1891. 
In the following year they moved to the larger Falcon Pottery at Hanley. 
Good quality earthenware tableware has been produced up to the present time. 
The marks include the initials J H W & Sons or the name 'Weatherby'.

From Jewitt's "Ceramic Art of Great Britain, 1800-1900" 



Weatherby & Sons Falcon Works, Hanley - 2008

no longer in operation 

from a 1913 letterhead 


Pot Bank. 1906, with use of site established by 1891.

Brick with plain tiled roofs. Extensive workshop ranges loosely grouped around yard. Entrance range of 3 storeys and 23 bays, with entrance arch to the yard towards the left of elevation, with cast-iron lintel and mosaic lettering: "Falcon Pottery".

Blue and red brick cambered heads to windows, and blue brick bands. This facade fronts a rougher brickwork in side elevations, suggesting that it is perhaps the refronting of an earlier range.

Squat bottle kiln in courtyard, a circular hovel over downdraught oven, adjoining an earlier range of buildings. The remains of one of the few surviving muffle kilns in the City are also housed on this site.

The works extends back from Old Town Street, with 8 bays in the side elevation of the frontage range, and a further 3-storeyed range of 12 bays beyond, a later addition.


Potters updraught oven with squat circular hovel at Weatherby Falcon Works - built 1906
Potters updraught oven with squat circular hovel at Weatherby Falcon Works - built 1906

the inner kiln with the outer hovel (which protected the kilns from the rain and weather) 


broken saggers in the kilns 

photos: 'Dweeb' at 28dayslater

unfinished ware from the now closed works
this cup was made in February 1974 


Weatherby's Falcon Works can be seen at the top left (bounded by Old Town Road)
The blue boxes show St. John's Church on the left and
on the right the Upper Hanley pottery and Weatherby's


Over 100 years separates these two maps - but key features can still be found on both maps
The blue line shows the original route of the High Street (renamed Town Road in the early 1950's)
The purple line shows the approximate route of the redirected road when the Potteries Way was built.
Marked in green are roads which can be found on both maps:
on the left: Union Street at the top and Lamb Street at the bottom.
on the right: Mayer Street, Hillchurch Street (was Church Street), 
Glass Street and Huntbach Street (was Market Street) 
In red are marked the National Westminster Bank (was the Manchester and Liverpool District Banking Company)
and a chapel, which later became a Spiritualist Church. 


contents: 2010 photos