|Stoke-on-Trent Districts: Red Street|
Red Street, Wolstanton, Staffordshire.
Simeon Shaw says that a hundred years before the time of Dr Plot's visit to Staffordshire (i.e. about 1577 the potters of Red Street were producing 'considerable quantities of all kinds of vessels then used' (History of the Staffordshire Potteries, 1829).
During the eighteenth century the potters of Red Street, Elijah Mayer (who perished near Ulverston) and Moss 'fabricated greater quantities of pottery than any others of the whole district'. Probably the stabilising of the cream-coloured earthenware body killed the trade in the Red Street country crockery.
The Moss family were
the last in Red Street to make crockery, but abandoned it about 1845 for
bricks and tiles which they had been making from the eighteenth
Samuel Riles, potter, occupied a potworks in Red Street until 1815 when it was offered for sale (Staffordshire Advertiser, 11 February 1815). It was stated to be 'on the line of a road which cannot fail to command and ensure an excellent ready Money Retail Trade from Travellers'. This factory was probably taken over by Benjamin Myatt who is recorded here in 1818.
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