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About this site

This blog was created to recognise the remarkable achievement in August 1978 when a bottle oven in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, was fired in the traditional way using coal. The event marked the Last Bottle Oven Firing in The Potteries and was organised by Gladstone Pottery Museum, Longton.

This is an independent and amateur site created by Terry Woolliscroft

Photos, unless otherwise stated, by Terry Woolliscroft and Brian Colclough

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I have set up this website/blog entirely for fun and ensure the event is recorded. I've enjoyed researching and making the information available to everyone. It's all about sharing.

The site has no commercial interests and is for reference and educational purposes. Users of the site may use the content themselves only for educational, or personal, non-commercial use. Please feel free to make use of the information on the site for your personal use. I would love you to acknowledge where you found the information and if you could create a link to our site that would be great.

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The Author - Terry Woolliscroft

Stoke-on-Trent born Terry Woolliscroft has enjoyed an entire career in the ceramics industry. At the age of 16, he joined Josiah Wedgwood and Sons Ltd. The company sponsored his attendance at the North Staffordshire Polytechnic where he gained an Honours Degree in Ceramic Technology.

In 1976 he was a member of the team which surveyed the remaining bottle ovens in The Potteries. In 1978 he was a member of the organising committee of The Last Bottle Oven Firing in The Potteries. It was at this event that he met Alfred Clough, the 'fireman' responsioble for the Final Firing.

Latterley he has been employed in the sanitaryware industry working for Twyfords, Roca, Lecico, Laufen, The Bathroom Manufacturers Association, The John Lewis Partnership and B&Q. The last decade or so has seen him travelling the world passing on his knowledge of the industry in special training seminars.

In his spare time he has created specialist information - The Potbank Dictionary, The Potteries Bottle Oven, The Last Bottle Oven Firing 1978, The Gladstone Pottery Museum Story, and the History of Twyford Bathrooms. These have been archived by The British Library.

This site has been archived for preservation in the British Library Web Archive