Model of the New Wedgwood Factory at Barlaston,

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Date:1936

Description:Model of the new Wedgwood factory and estate at Barlaston.

Josiah Wedgwood (1730 - 1795) began his apprenticeship as a potter in 1744. He started his own pottery business at Ivy House in Burslem 1759. As Wedgwood experiment with new techniques and glazes, his business expanded and he moved to the Brick House or Bell works in 1762.

In 1766 he began to plan a new factory on the Ridge House estate, which he named 'Etruria' after the ancient Etruscan potters.

The present factory was built 1938 - 1940 on the Barlaston estate, purchased from the Broughton- Adderley family in 1936. The move from Etruria only took place in 1950, due to the intervention of the Second World War.


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1930s
Building of the New Wedgwood Factory, Barlaston,
Building of the New Wedgwood Factory, Barlaston,

Proposed design for the new Wedgwood Factory front at Barlaston, by architectural ...

1960s
Coopers' Initiation Ceremony, Wedgwood Factory, Barlaston,
Coopers' Initiation Ceremony, Wedgwood Factory, Barlaston,

This ceremony was known as 'trussing the cooper'. The newly qualified cooper ...

1980s
Ceramic Display, Wedgwood Museum, Barlaston, (1)
Ceramic Display, Wedgwood Museum, Barlaston, (1)

In 1985 the extended museum galleries were opened at the Wedgwood pottery factory ...

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Donor ref:Wedgwood No., PT00537, img: 2766 (18/3141)

Source: Staffordshire Museum Service

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