What's left?

Less than 50 bottle ovens (that is, bottle-shaped structures associated with the potting industry) remain today on 29 sites in The Potteries. All of them are now inoperable. There will never be another bottle oven firing in Stoke-on-Trent.

Some ovens have been restored and preserved. Some are open to the public, notably the magnificent group of five (plus the two next door)  at Gladstone Pottery Museum, Longton. Some have collapsed into rubble.

There are tall ones, short ones, wide ones and thin ones, square ones and circular ones. Some were potter's ovens and some were used by potters' material suppliers. All are Listed Buildings. A 'Listed Building' is a building, object or structure that has been judged to be of national importance in terms of architectural or historic interest and included on a special register, called the List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest.

Only 29 bottle ovens, which were built specifically for the firing of pottery, remain standing (July 2017). The rest were used in the supply industry - for instance, for the calcining of flint and bone. Five potter's bottle ovens can be found on public display, restored and preserved at the Gladstone Pottery Musem, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, England.


Stoke-on-Trent Archaeology Service

The Service, part of Stoke-on-Trent City Council, regularly survey, excavate and record the remains of bottle ovens in the City. Here is a link to their Facebook page >>






Locations of remaining bottle ovens in The Potteries

Google Map courtesy of  https://staffordshirepotteries.wordpress.com/bottle-ovens/



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Julian Read's photos of the remaining ovens, April 2017

Julian Read FRSA is a runner in his spare time, and says "I  took these photos over the weekend  of 8th and 9th April 2017  and ran 3 routes carrying my camera. Just seemed a good idea and appears to have gone down very well."  He wanted to record the condition of the remaining bottle ovens (bottle shaped structures) in The Potteries. Some were in good condition, others in seriously bad shape. Locations here>


TUNSTALL
No bottle ovens remain in Tunstall, the most northerly of the six towns of Stoke-on-Trent.


BURSLEM

Twelve bottle ovens remain in Burslem. The Mother Town. It could be argued, that actually, 14 ovens still exist since the square calcining kilns in Newport Lane and Milvale Street, Middleport, have divided flues.


3 x Downdraught @ Bournes Bank, Burslem. Formerly Acme Marls Ltd.
Photo source: Julian Read Collection  Date: April 2017

2 x Calcining @ Furlong Lane, Burslem. Furlong Mills Ltd.
Photo source: Julian Read Collection  Date: April 2017

1 x Muffle @ Moorland Road, Burslem. Moorland Pottery.
Photo source: Julian Read Collection  Date: April 2017

1 x Updraught @ Sandbach Road, Cobridge, Burlsem. Moorcroft Ltd.
Photo source: Julian Read Collection  Date: April 2017

1 x Updraught @ Newcastle St, Longport, Burslem. By the canal.
Formerly Price & Kensington (Prices Teapots) Factory
Photo source: Julian Read Collection  Date: April 2017

1 x (or 2)  Calcining @ Milvale Street, Middleport, Burslem. ST6 3NQ
Photo source: Julian Read Collection  Date: April 2017

2 x (or 3) Calcining @ Newport Lane, Middleport, Burslem
Photo source: Julian Read Collection  Date: April 2017

1 x Updraught @ Port Street, Middleport, Burslem.
Burgess & Leigh Ltd. Middleport Pottery. Open to the public.
Photo source: Julian Read Collection  Date: April 2017



HANLEY
Nine bottle ovens remain in Hanley, one has a collapsed hovel/chimney (Weatherbys, Town Road) and one is a chimney only with no firing chamber (Dudsons, Hope Street)

2 x Calcining @ Eastwood Road, Hanley.
Formerly Johnson Brothers Trent Pottery
Photo source: Julian Read Collection  Date: April 2017

1 x Hovel only @ Hope Street, Hanley. Dudsons Ltd.
Chimney/hovel only. No firing chamber. Now home to a museum of  Dudson.
Open to the public
Photo source: Julian Read Collection  Date: April 2017

1 x Updraught @ Lichfield Street, Hanley.
Former Bullers Works, Imperial Court
Photo source: Julian Read Collection  Date: April 2017

1 x Muffle @ Warner Street, Hanley.
Former Smithfield Pottery
Photo source: Julian Read Collection  Date: April 2017

2 x Calcining @ Shelton New Road, Cliffe Vale, Hanley.
Former Twyfords Factory
Photo source: Julian Read Collection  Date: April 2017

1 x Downdraught oven at J H Weatherby Falcon Pottery, Town Road
The hovel collapsed in February 2012.
Photo source: Julian Read Collection  Date: April 2017

1 x Calcining @Etruria Bone Mill www.etruriamuseum.org.uk/
Photo source: Julian Read Collection  Date: April 2017


STOKE-UPON-TRENT
Four bottle ovens remain in Stoke ( the town, not the city.) The oven remnants which exist in the former Spode factory, are all that are left after the last remaining oven collapsed completely in 1972.


1 x Calcining @ Lytton Street, Stoke. Former Dolby Pottery
Photo source: Julian Read Collection  Date: April 2017

 2 x Updraught hob-mouthed @ Sturgess Street, Stoke.
Falcon Works. Former Goss Works
Photo source: Julian Read Collection  Date: April 2017



1 x Updraught hob mouthed @Spode Works, Church Street Stoke
Te hovel and much of the oven collapsed in 1972
Photo source: unknown  Date: unknown



FENTON
Four bottle ovens remain in Fenton (the town that the author, Arnold Bennett, 'forgot')

1 x Updraught @ Hines Street (Chilton Street) Heron Cross, Fenton.
Heron Cross Pottery
Photo source: Julian Read Collection  Date: April 2017

3 x Calcining @ Fountain Street, Fenton. James Kent (Ceramic Materials) Ltd
Photo source: Julian Read Collection  Date: April 2017


LONGTON
Twenty bottle ovens remain in Longton, the most southerly town of The Potteries. Longton is home to the world famous and multi-award winning Gladstone Pottery Museum >  Of the twenty ovens extant, 12 are in remarkably good condition having been restored and opened to the public. The oven at Hudson and Middleton, Sutherland Works, Normacot Road, is the last oven ever to be fired, more here>

4 x Updraught @ Chelson Street Normacot Road, Longton.
Enson Works. Now CoRE > - Centre Of Refurbishment Excellence.
Open to the public
Photo source: Julian Read Collection  Date: April 2017

2 x Updraught @ Commerce Street, Longton
Photo source: Julian Read Collection  Date: April 2017

2 x Updraught @ King Street, Longton.
Albion Works, King Street. Phoenix Works
Photo source: Julian Read Collection  Date: April 2017

1 x Updraught @ Corner of Warren St and Normacot Road, Normacot, Longton
Minkstone Pottery
Photo source: Julian Read Collection  Date: April 2017

2 x Updraught @ Normacot Road, Longton.
Rear of Sutherland Works. Hudson & Middleton
Photo source: Julian Read Collection  Date: April 2017

1 x Updraught @ Normacot Road, Longton.
Left oven -  Hudson and Middleton, Sutherland Works.
Photo source: Julian Read Collection  Date: April 2017

1 x Calcining  @ 120, Uttoxeter Road. Near Short Street, Longton
Photo source: Julian Read Collection  Date: April 2017


4 x Updraught @ Uttoxeter Road, Longton.
Gladstone Pottery Museum. Open to the public.
Photo source: Julian Read Collection  Date: April 2017


1 x Muffle enamel kiln @ Uttoxeter Road, Longton.
Gladstone Pottery Museum. Open to the public
Photo source: Julian Read Collection  Date: April 2017

2 x Updraught @ Uttoxeter Road, Longton.
Roslyn Works, adjacent to Gladstone Pottery Museum.
Photo source: Julian Read Collection  Date: April 2017