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Gladstone Pottery Museum in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, is a fully restored potbank from the days when coal-burning bottle ovens made the world's finest pottery. There are five magnificent, towering bottle ovens in a unique setting, at this stunning multi-award wining industrial museum of the pottery industry. Gladstone Pottery Museum official site here>
2016August: Restoration and renovation continues at Gladstone Pottery Museum to preserve the most important group of bottle ovens remaining in The Potteries.
Gladstone's Bottle Oven No.1 is steadily being encased in a large amount of scaffolding as part of an essential maintenance project. The work is necessary to ensure the safety of museum visitors, and the long-term preservation of the bottle ovens. Failed mortar and spalled bricks will be replaced. More here> Words and pictures by Nerys Williams, member of the Gladstone Museum Staff.
For definitions of unusual Potteries words go to The Potbank Dictionary here>