Fenton

FENTON AREA

Fenton is one of the six towns which form the City of Stoke-on-Trent, which federated in 1910. Located in the south-eastern area of the City, Fenton is often referred to as "The Forgotten Town", because it was omitted by local author, Arnold Bennett (1867-1931), from one of his most famous novels, "Anna of the Five Towns" (1902). Fenton was a small farming economy until it was overtaken by coal mining in the 17th century. Mining expanded greatly in the 1700s by a pioneering joint stock company formed by several of the leading figures in the pottery industry including Spode and Minton. Coal was used to fuel the growth of industry in other towns.

Fenton - Lane Delph
Photo: unknown source  Date: 1937

BOTTLE OVENS LONG SINCE GONE

Fenton Updraught stack bottle ovens in Park Lane.  Photo taken from Plaza Cinema
Fenton
Updraught stack bottle ovens in Park Lane.
Photo taken from Plaza Cinema
Photo: Terry Woolliscroft Collection  Date: October 1970

Fenton
Updraught stack bottle ovens in Park Lane
Conway Pottery
Photo: source unknown  Date: unknown

 Fenton Bottle Ovens at the Salopian Works of Morley Fox and Co Ltd
 Fenton
Bottle Ovens at the Salopian Works of Morley Fox and Co Ltd
  Photo: Terry Woolliscroft Collection    Date: 1976

Fenton
Rubian Art Pottery, St Matthews Street, Fenton
Photo source: unknown Date: unknown 

SOME BOTTLE OVENS STILL STANDING

Heron Cross Pottery Ltd., Hines Street

Fenton - Heron Cross
Heron Cross Pottery Ltd, Hines Street, ST4 3AT
http://heroncrosspottery.co.uk
Photo: Courtesy of Philip Shallcross Collection  Date: Feb 2019

Fenton - Heron Cross
Heron Cross Pottery Ltd, Hines Street, ST4 3AT
Photo: Courtesy of Philip Shallcross Collection  Date: April 2019

Heron Cross, Fenton Heron Cross Pottery, Hines Street
Fenton - Heron Cross
Heron Cross Pottery, Hines Street
Photo: Courtesy Staffordshire Past Track  here>   Date: 1976


James Kent (Ceramic Materials) Ltd. 


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Three calcining kilns, James Kent (Ceramic Materials) Ltd
Photo: Terry Woolliscroft Collection    Date: 1975

Fenton
James Kent Calcining Kilns
Image: courtesy The Sentinel Date: 25 Jan 2003
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Fenton
James Kent calcining kilns restoration plaque
Photo: Terry Woolliscroft Collection  Date: Sept 2018

Fenton
James Kent Calcining Kilns
Photo: Terry Woolliscroft Collection  Date: Sept 2018


Fenton
James Kent Calcining Kilns
Photo: Terry Woolliscroft Collection  Date: Sept 2018

Fenton
James Kent Calcining Kilns
Photo: Courtesy of Philip Shallcross Collection  Date: March 2019