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Bottle Kiln at Price & Kensington, Longport

Newcastle Street
Heritage No.
73 B
Date Listed
20 August 1979
Building: Price & Kensington Factory - Bottle Oven
Description:  Large bottle oven with circular hovel

Kiln of the Top Bridge Pottery (Price & Kensington)


The rear of the factory showing the bottle kiln - the canal at the bottom
of the picture is the Trent & Mersey.
(photo Oct 1999)



Rear of Top Bridge Works in 2004, showing  bottle kiln before restoration

After restoration by English Heritage, as part of
the Middleport Waterways Heritage Initiative.
(photo: Aug 2004)
Courtesy of middleport.co.uk

“Mr John Davenport commenced business at Longport in 1794, and added, in 1797, to his other concerns, the chemical preparation of litharge and white lead, for the use of potters, in their glazes; but this department is now discontinued. In 1801, the making of flint-glass, or crystal, was introduced by them, and is still extensively can-led on; connecting with which is steam-machinery for cutting and ornamenting it. They produce very brilliant specimens of stained glass, and have got up some elaborate works of that kind for church and other windows, particularly one for St Mark’s, Liverpool; and have furnished splendid assortments for the Dukes of Sutherland and Devonshire, the Marquis of Anglesea and Westminster, and others of the nobility. 
They have (in addition to Longport Pottery, the Top & Bottom Bridge Works) a fourth Earthenware manufactory at Newport, which, with a good house near it, was built by Mr Walter Daniel, in or about the year 1795. The aggregate of their business, indeed, is of very considerable magnitude, and gives employment to upwards of fifteen hundred hands. Messrs Davenports’ china ware has long obtained celebrity, not only for the excellence of its material, but for exquisite design and embellishments. On his Majesty, King William, coming to the throne, he gave directions for a superb service of porcelain to be made, for the banquet to be given at the Coronation. This splendid production was, by his Majesty’s permission, exhibited publicly at the works, at Longport, previous to its being forwarded to St James’s; and Messrs Davenport, with that liberality which has distinguished them on all occasions, invited the manufacturers generally, and other neighbours, to inspect it.”

John Ward,  History of the Borough of Stoke-upon-Trent (1843)

Price and Kensington Top Bridge Works showing the factory frontage
and the bottle kiln - to the left is the Trent and Mersey canal
(picture C.2006)

View from the bridge over the Trent & Mersey Canal
junction of Newcastle Street and Station Street
the remaining bottle kiln of the Price & Kensington works

photo:  Steve Birks Feb 2008

the works is also a listed building

the warehouse is also a listed building

take a 'walk' around Longport


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