Stoke-on-Trent - Potworks of the week
street scene - c.1940's
Stoke-on-Trent street scene c.1940's ....
home, pub and pottery works on opposing corners of the street
"The pottery manufactories — known locally as "potbanks" - have nothing big about them, no six-storey factories or towering chimneys. You see no huge warehouses, no high public buildings. ....
It resembles no other industrial area I know. I was at once repelled and fascinated by its odd appearance. Perhaps it was all the more curious to me because, being a Yorkshire-man, when I see so much grimy evidence of toil, I also expect to see the huge dark boxes of factories and the immensely tall chimneys with which I am so familiar.
I never got used to their odd appearance, never quite recovered from my first wild impression of them as some monstrous Oriental intrusion upon an English industrial area. But without these great bottles of heat, there would be no Potteries. They represent the very heart and soul of the district, as you very soon learn;"
J B Priestley, English Journey