THE HISTORIC SPODE FACTORY IN STOKE

19th century archway

19th century archway. On the right is the counting house where workers would collect their wages. It is said that in the 19th Century, cash was wheeled to the counting house in a wheelbarrow, guarded by a man with a blunderbuss. The blunderbuss remains in the Spode Museum Trust collection.

China Terrace today

The China Terrace, dating from Spode ll’s time, with some later additions.

The Future

Stoke on Trent City Council acquired the factory in 2010 and is presently (2011) in the process of inviting developers for proposals for the long term redevelopment of the site. While the less historically important parts of the 9 acre site will probably be developed to provide shops and other amenities for Stoke, the Council’s plans so far indicate that the historic buildings will be preserved - although their use has yet to be decided.

The pictures on this page show just a few of the buildings on the historic Spode site. Many are listed.

The Spode Museum Trust has, with the support of potential partners, made proposals to the Council for a permanent Heritage Visitor Centre in some of the historic buildings. The potential not just to conserve a unique and exceptionally historically important factory site, but to display one of the finest ceramics collections in the world on the site where they were made, to celebrate the generations of Stoke people who worked on the site and their marvellous skills, is all there.

The factory manager’s house

China Slip Kiln building, dating from Josiah ll’s time. The upper floor has most recently been used as a mould store.