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The Potteries Bottle Oven

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bottle oven, corner of Warren St /  Normacot Road, Longton  photo: David Rayner - Feb 2003

bottle oven, corner of Warren St / Normacot Road, Longton photo: David Rayner - Feb 2003

A pottery works with its forest of bottle kilns bordering a railway line in Stoke-on-Trent. Bottle kilns have a relatively short working life of about 30 years, so were constantly rebuilt. Due to recent changes in the industry, few of these distinctive monuments survive in the area.

A pottery works with its forest of bottle kilns bordering a railway line in…

before the Clean Air Act. Stoke Street Scene by Kurt Hutton. A woman walking up a street in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, with smoking bottle kilns belonging to potteries visible in the background, 2nd March 1946.

A woman walking up a street in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, with smoking bottle kilns belonging to potteries visible in the background, March Original publication: Picture Post - 3088 - Pottery : A Working Party's Problem - pub.

large Bottle Kiln at Dudson Pottery, Hope Street,  Hanley  Now open as part of a museum.  photo: Steve Birks - Oct 1999

The outer part, which is bottle shaped is known as the Hovel which could be up to seventy feet tall. It acted as a chimney; taking away the smoke, creating draught and protecting the oven inside from the weather and uneven draughts.

Lock 38 & Bottle Kilns, on the Trent & Mersey canal and national cycle-path. | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Lock 38 & Bottle Kilns, on the Trent & Mersey canal and national cycle-path. | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

How the Bottle Kiln works........ http://www.thepotteries.org/bottle_kiln/bottle_kiln_two.htm

men placing saggars up the sides of the bottle ovens, Stoke on Trent. Great website for Stoke stuff

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