Stoke-on-Trent - Potworks of the week
The Big Works,
Stoke-upon-Trent c.1819 - The view is along Church Street.
To the immediate left is the Wheatsheaf Public House (a coaching inn).
Next the Wheatsheaf is Wolfe's "Big Works"
To the right of the picture is Wolfe's china factory - the Bridge Bank works
in front of the works is the Newcastle Canal - the canal went underneath
Church Street and the Wheatsheaf Inn and then ran alongside Spode's and Wolfe's works.
picture: "Ten Generations of a Potting Family"
Works - (by 1781)
On the north-east side
of the Newcastle canal - opposite Spode's pottery works.
Bridge Bank Works - Wolfe added a works (the Bridge bank Works) on the opposite side of Church Street. These works were held by Smith & Jarvis at the beginning of the 19th century.
1818 Thomas's widow Rachel let the two works to William Adams. The Adams
family continued to work the old Wolfe factories until c.1862.
This photo shows this location where the canal goes into two tunnels - one to the right into the Wolfe "Big Works" [at the time of this photo the works were operated by Adams] and one under Stoke town centre and onto the Trent and Mersey canal.
Above the tunnels is the
flint mill -
Thomas Hargreaves Map of 1832 showing the potworks in Stoke
NOTE: by the time of this map the Wolfe works were run by William Adams