the history of the Borough of Stoke-upon-Trent 


Pots for the butter trade


Pots for the butter trade
Source: "The Borough of Stoke-upon-Trent" John Ward, 1843


Pots for the butter-trade:

 "After the firings were completed, 'they then draw them… for sale, which is chiefly to the poor crate-men, who carry them at their backs all over the country.'

 One considerable branch of the Trade, at that time of day, seems to have been the Butter-pot, - a coarse, cylindrical, unglazed vessel, in which the butter, sold at Uttoxeter market, (and no doubt other neighbouring markets), was bought up by the London dealers. 

 .. the passage …. is preceded by an observation, that the London Cheese-mongers had set up a factorage for butter and cheese, at Uttoxeter; and that they frequently laid out £500 in those articles on a market day:-

 'The butter they buy by the pot, of a long, cylindrical form, made at Burslem, in this county, of a certain size so as not to weigh above 6lbs at most, and, and yet to contain at least, 14lbs of butter, according to an Act of parliament made about fourteen or sixteen years ago,* for regulating the abuse of this trade, in the make of the Pots, and false packing of the Butter, which before was laid good for a little depth at the top, and bad at the bottom, and sometimes set in rolls, only toughing at the top, and standing hollow below at a great distance from the sides of the pot. To prevent these little country moor-landish cheats (than whom no people whatever are esteemed more subtle), the factors keep a surveyor all the summer, here, who, is he have any ground to suspect any of the pots, tries them with an instrument of iron made like a cheese-taster.'

 Plot, p.109.

 * This Act was passed A.D. 1661.



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