Etruria: Etruria and Josiah Wedgwood (1760 onwards)



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(it will help you to read the introduction first
and to look below - at the tour order
and list of maps/documents)

- Map of the walk -

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Locations & photos of the tour (click on the numbers in left column)
intro Introduction to the tour.
1 Etruria Hall - the home of Josiah Wedgwood & his family.
1a View from Etruria Hall
2 By the Trent and Mersey Canal - the journey to the sea.
3 The 'round house' of  Wedgwood's Etruria factory.
3a Wedgwood's Etruria factory.
4 Etruria Village
4a 1820 Wesleyan Methodist Chapel in Etruria Village.
4b Interior of the Methodist Chapel
5 Methodist Chapel Sunday School.
6 Etruria Cottage - home of Jessie Shirley.
7 Shelton Bar Public House - Etruscan Street.
8 Etruria school.
9 Garibaldi Street.

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Additional notes and maps (which support the tour)

 1767 map of the Ridge House Estate
1832 Hargreaves map of Etruria Hall
1877 Ordnance Survey map of Wedgwood's Etruria Works
1877 Ordnance Survey map of Etruria Hall
1798 advertisement for the sale of Wedgwood's household effects
Etruria Hall in the 1st half of the nineteenth century
1878 Ordnance Survey map of Lord Street in Etruria Village
Memorial plaques for Shirley & Smallwood
Memorial plaque for Mainwaring
 1878 Ordnance Survey map of Etruria village and Wedgwood factory
1924 Ordnance Survey map of Etruria village and Wedgwood factory
Etruria racecourse
Auction of Etruria Hall in 1844 and an 1845 Etruria Hall Estate Map
Auction front page
Shelton Iron and Steel Works
1899 Ordnance Survey map of Shelton steel and colliery 

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This walk is based on notes by Andrew Dobraszczyc,
the books Ceramic Art of Great Britain 1800-1900 and
the Life of Josiah Wedgwood by Jewitt, plus other bits & pieces;
web pages and photographs by Steve Birks during the walk (May 2000)

questions/comments/contributions? email: Steve Birks



The tour consists of two main areas.

1) A series of photographs taken on the walk, these can be accessed by clicking on the map above or by selecting from the list given above. You can also use the and buttons at the bottom of the photo pages to 'step' through the walk.

2) There are also additional notes and maps which will help your understanding of the history discussed on this walk. They are not included in the 'tour' as they may distract from the 'flow' of your walk, but they are essential if you want to get the most out of your walk - they are accessed by hyperlinks from the photo pages and also from the list given above on this page.

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Enjoy your walk! - Steve Birks