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Price & Kensington Warehouse, Longport

Newcastle Street
Heritage No.
74 A
Date Listed
15 March 1993
Building: Price & Kensington Factory - Warehouse
Description:  Warehouse with adjacent pottery works, 19thC, Brick & hipped plain tiled roof.

Top Bridge Pottery (Price & Kensington)

The clay wharf and warehouse - from the Trent & Mersey canal
The clay wharf and warehouse - from the Trent & Mersey canal


photos: Steve Birks 2001

Warehouse associated with adjacent pottery works. Early C19.

Brick with hipped plain tiled roof. 2-storeyed, 6 bays, loading bays in central section infilled, and windows with single-ring cambered heads.


“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)

photo: Steve Birks Feb 2008

the works is also a listed building

the bottle kiln is also a listed building

take a 'walk' around Longport


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