Experts calculate that in the heyday of the pottery industry, there were up to 2,000 bottle kilns throughout Stoke-on-Trent. The Clean Air Act of 1956 saw the end for the coal fired ovens as the local factories turned to gas & electricity.
Today, less than 50 kilns remain standing across the city & they are all listed buildings. Some of them have been recently restored whereas others are in very poor condition but still remain part of our rich culture.
MORE TYPES OF OVEN STILL STANDING IN STOKE-ON-TRENT
* images by Chris Parr ©2019 Shine in Media.