We spent yesterday going round Stoke-on-Trent with a very knowledgeable local guide who knew and was able to tell us the whole history of the Six Towns – their origins in sixteenth-century coal mining, the beginnings of pottery making in the 1680s, the still rural character of the industry in the eighteenth century (there was a model of Etruria in the Stoke Museum with worker’s housing alongside the factory and the canal), the municipal grandeur of the civic administration in the nineteenth century and the amalgamation of the Six Towns in 1910.   This seems to have led to the progressive collapse of the industry, following the passing of the Clean Air Act, with absentee proprietors, slum clearance after the war and increasing conservatism in design.

But I can’t post any photographs until I have access to wifi.


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