Longport: The 'Kingdom' of Davenport (1760's - mid 19th C))


 Allbut's 1802 map showing location of potworks in Longport


Allbut's 1802 map showing location of potworks in Longport

The map above, an extract from a map of the Staffordshire Potteries published by J Allbut, Hanley, shows the location of the 4 Longport  pottery factories in 1802. 

Two wharfs are also marked on the map: 

The line of the Burslem Branch Canal is also shown on the map (marked as “C”) though this was not completed until 1805. 

Hugh Henshall who completed the construction of the canal after the death of James Brindley () in 1772 operated the main wharf at Longport. The wharf is shown in more detail on the 1851 map of the Top Bridge Pottery where the site has been identified by a dotted line. 

The wharf keepers house was demolished when the Price & Kensington factory was extended but the little canal office and the warehouse are still standing. 

On the opposite side of the canal Henshall built a new public house in the late 1770s, the Packhorse Inn, to provide accommodation for boatmen and carters and their horses. When it was offered for sale in 1871 it was described as containing “extensive cellaring, bar, bar parlour communal room, tap-room, kitchen, scullery, large billiard-room and club room to seat 150 persons, and the outbuildings comprise large brew-house, malthouse, stabling for 11 horses, coach-house, piggeries, and large skittle alley.” It can be found on the 1851 OS map of the Bottom Bridge Pottery.


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