Help on "The Potteries" web site

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Hi...... thanks for your visit - I get 100's of emails each week - so it is impossible to reply to all of them all individually  - so I have put together some resources which may (or may not) help:

| What is this site for? |

| locating and valuing pottery |

| identifying pottery |

| historical information on potteries |

| information on patterns |

| valuations |

| pottery visitor centres |

| getting round Stoke-on-Trent |

| general info on the city |

| museums to visit |

ALSO SEE: Other Sites on Stoke-on-Trent | Genealogy | Pottery firm addresses |

What is this site for?:
My interest is in the sociology and local history of Stoke-on-Trent and this site is my hobby on this subject.

I am not an expert on pottery and ceramics and can't identify patterns, shapes or values and so if you email on this subject you may not get a reply because I get too many emails to respond to individually.

However I am interested in the pottery factories and so if you send photos of a backstamp (the mark on the bottom) then I will try to help with this.

Locating and valuing pottery:

Sorry I am unable to carry out valuations - my area of knowledge is local history of The Potteries.
Some links are found on: 


also you could visit - find some pottery which is similar to yours as see what others are bidding.
If you are looking for items for your collection try:

The Potteries Specialist Auctions: <> tel: +44 (0) 1782 286622

Top of the Hill Antiques….Free of Charge Search Service….they have a wide range of out of production pottery for sale and also offer a Computerised Search Service - you can now find that elusive item of pottery.

see their web page: 

Replacements Ltd: an incredible inventory of 8 million pieces in 160,000 patterns....  

see their web page: 


Identifying pottery marks

See this link:  for information on marks and initials of North Staffordshire Potters.

If you can't find what you are looking for then feel free to send me an email (with a photo if you wish). 

Historical Information & old pottery marks / works: 

For any pottery marks, companies and information which is not on my site then you could try asking the Potteries Museum: 

Contact: email:  or ring 01782 232323 (international:- +44 1782 232323) (Telephone enquiries between 2.00pm and 4.00pm GMT - Tuesday only please). - The museum does not carry out valuations.
Please note that commercial enquiries are charged – if there is a charge then the museum will inform you beforehand.

please let me know if they say anything useful - I may be able to use it on my web site 
(email me).

Patterns and ware:

Each potter had 100's of different patterns and so the combinations run into many 100's of thousands - far to much for me to deal with - sorry, I can't help with information on individual patterns, shapes or valuations.
There are many good reference books on many patterns and potters - try your local library.


Sorry I am unable to carry out valuations - my area of knowledge is local history of The Potteries.

Some links are found on: 

also you could visit  - find some pottery which is similar to yours as see what others are bidding.

Pottery Factories Which Take Visitors:

Emma Bridgewater: 


Wedgwood Group:  

Getting Around the City:

For details on the city see the Tourist Information site:
The mainline station for Stoke-on-Trent is located in the town of Stoke. Regular bus services to the City Centre call at the railway station. There is also a taxi rank outside the railway station. Please note that there are several visitor attractions within a 10 minute walk of the railway station, including Spode Visitor Centre and Portmeirion factory shop. The Tourist Information Centre is an agent for rail tickets and can help with rail travel information to Stoke-on-Trent.

Train travel times to Stoke-on-Trent

London Euston 1 hour 50 minutes
Birmingham 1 hour
Manchester 45 minutes
York 2 hours and 20 minutes
Chester 1 hour
Stratford 3 hours

For further train information

General Information:

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Stoke-on-Trent tourist information...

Museums worth Visiting:  

The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery: Home to the World's finest collection of Staffordshire Ceramics

Ford Green Hall: A rare survival of the pre-industrial potteries, the Hall was built in 1624

The Etruscan Bone and Flint Mill: owned by Jesse Shirley & Son was built in 1857 to grind materials for the agricultural and pottery industries.

Gladstone Museum: Only at the Gladstone can you reach out and touch the history of the Potteries. Feel the clay slipping and sliding through your fingers, make pots and china flowers to take home.