Aerial View of the Wedgwood Factory, Barlaston,

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Date:1955 - 1965 (c.)

Description: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.

The circular building on the right is the Round House, the Wedgwood Design Studio. In the foreground can be seen the sports field belonging to the factory.

Photograph by courtesy of the Trustees of the Wedgwood Museum, Barlaston, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire.


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1930s
Model of the New Wedgwood Factory at Barlaston,
Model of the New Wedgwood Factory at Barlaston,

Model of the new Wedgwood factory and estate at Barlaston. Josiah Wedgwood (1730 ...

1960s
Wedgwood Main Offices and Showroom, Barlaston,
Wedgwood Main Offices and Showroom, Barlaston,

On the left are the main offices, with the Showroom on the right. Josiah Wedgwood ...

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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Image courtesy of: Wedgwood Museum

Donor ref:Wedgwood No., GL2309-1, img: 2768 (18/3143)

Source: Staffordshire Museum Service

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