Memories of the Staffordshire Potteries, by Mervyn Edwards
Published by Countryside Books in 2009, 128 pages. Softback. (S5507)
The bottle ovens of Stoke are a familiar sight and a reminder of an era when thousands of local people were employed in the pottery industry. The six towns of Tunstall, Burslem, Hanley, Stoke-upon-Trent, Fenton and Longton were home to world famous manufacturers such as Wedgwood, Spode, Royal Doulton, Adams and Minton.
There were over 2,500 coal-fired ovens and kilns in operation before 1936 and 'Smokey Stoke' earned its sourbiquet from its billowing clouds of black smoke. But the ceramic industry also brought great prosperity to the area....
Before the memories are lost forever author Mervyn Edwards has taken the time to talk to the local people who lived and worked in the Potteries. With first-hand accounts and a fascinating collection of contemporary photographs he tells the story of life in the potteries - the conditions, the work, and the people.
Condition of the book is generally very good. The cover has one or two very minor scuffs but is clean and bright, the spine is intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound.