What's left?

Fewer than 50 bottle-shaped structures (that is, bottle ovens, or bottle kilns associated with the potting industry) remain today on 29 sites in The Potteries. All of them are now inoperable.

There will never be another bottle oven firing in Stoke-on-Trent.

Some ovens have been restored and preserved. Some are open to the public, notably the magnificent group of five (plus the two next door)  at Gladstone Pottery Museum, Longton. Some have collapsed into rubble.

There are tall ones, short ones, wide ones and thin ones, square ones and circular ones. Some were potter's ovens and some were used by potters' material suppliers. All are Listed Buildings. A 'Listed Building' is a building, object or structure that has been judged to be of national importance in terms of architectural or historic interest and included on a special register, called the List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest.

Only 29 bottle ovens, which were built specifically for the firing of pottery, remain standing (December 2018). The rest were used in the supply industry - for instance, for the calcining of flint and bone. Five potter's bottle ovens can be found on public display, restored and preserved at the Gladstone Pottery Museum, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, England.

No beehive kilns remain in Stoke-on-Trent. Strictly speaking they were not bottle kilns, since they had no bottle shaped chimney, but they were part of The Potteries landscape, being used for the firing of bricks and tiles.

Stoke-on-Trent Archaeology Service

The Service, part of Stoke-on-Trent City Council, regularly survey, excavate and record the remains of bottle ovens in the City. Here is a link to their Facebook page >





Locations of remaining bottle ovens in The Potteries

Google Map courtesy of  https://staffordshirepotteries.wordpress.com/bottle-ovens/






TUNSTALL - 0
No bottle ovens remain in Tunstall, the most northerly of the six towns of Stoke-on-Trent.

BURSLEM - 14

Fourteen bottle ovens remain in Burslem. The Mother Town. But to a casual onlooker it looks like only twelve. It could be argued that 14 ovens exist since the square calcining kilns in Newport Lane and Milvale Street, Middleport, have divided flues.


3 x Downdraught @ Bournes Bank, Burslem.
Formerly Acme Marls Ltd.

3 x Downdraught @ Bournes Bank, Burslem.
Formerly Acme Marls Ltd.
Photo: Julian Read Collection  Date: April 2017

2 x Calcining @ Furlong Lane, Burslem.
Furlong Mills Ltd.

2 x Calcining @ Furlong Lane, Burslem.
Furlong Mills Ltd.
Photo: Julian Read Collection  Date: April 2017

1 x Muffle @ Moorland Road, Burslem.
Moorland Pottery.

1 x Muffle @ Moorland Road, Burslem.
Moorland Pottery.
Photo: Julian Read Collection  Date: April 2017

1 x Updraught @ Sandbach Road, Cobridge, Burlsem.
Moorcroft Ltd.
Photo: Julian Read Collection  Date: April 2017

1 x Updraught @ Newcastle St, Longport, Burslem.
By the canal

1 x Updraught @ Newcastle St, Longport, Burslem.
By the canal. Formerly Price & Kensington (Prices Teapots) Factory
Photo: Julian Read Collection  Date: April 2017

 2 x  Calcining @ Milvale Street, Middleport, Burslem. ST6 3NQ
Photo: Julian Read Collection  Date: April 2017

2 x Calcining ovens from the air
@Milvale Street, Middleport, Burslem
Photo: courtesy Google Earth Date: 2018



3 x Calcining @ Newport Lane, Middleport, Burslem
Oliver's Mill   "Jumbo, Middle and Office"
Photo: Julian Read Collection  Date: April 2017

3 x Calcining ovens from the air,  Oliver's Mill
@ Newport Lane, Middleport, Burslem
Photo: courtesy Google Earth  Date: 2018



Olivers Mill, Newport Lane, Middleport, Burslem
Photo: source unknown



1 x Updraught @ Port Street, Middleport, Burslem.
Burgess & Leigh Ltd. Middleport Pottery. Open to the public.
Photo: Julian Read Collection  Date: April 2017

HANLEY - 10
Ten bottle ovens remain in Hanley. Two have collapsed hovels/chimneys - both at Weatherbys, Town Road. One has a only, with no firing chamber, but has been converted into an excellent museum - Dudsons, Hope Street.

2 x Calcining @ Eastwood Road, Hanley.

2 x Calcining @ Eastwood Road, Hanley.
Formerly Johnson Brothers Trent Pottery
Photo: Julian Read Collection  Date: April 2017
1 x Hovel only @ Hope Street, Hanley.
Dudsons Ltd.
https://www.dudson.com/more/the-dudson-museum/

1 x Hovel only @ Hope Street, Hanley. Dudsons Ltd.
Chimney/hovel only. No firing chamber.
Now home to an excellent  museum of  Dudson. Open to the public
 https://www.dudson.com/more/the-dudson-museum/
Photo: Julian Read Collection  Date: April 2017

1 x Updraught @ Lichfield Street, Hanley.
Former Bullers Works, Imperial Court
Photo: Julian Read Collection  Date: April 2017

1 x Hovel only @ Warner Street, Hanley.
Former Smithfield Pottery
Photo: Julian Read Collection  Date: April 2017

2 x Calcining @ Shelton New Road, Cliffe Vale, Hanley.
Former Twyfords Sanitaryware Factory
Photo: Julian Read Collection  Date: April 2017

1 x Updraught oven firing chamber only at J H Weatherby Falcon Pottery
The hovel collapsed in February 2012.
1 x Muffle kiln. Some parts of a firing chamber
Town Road, Hanley
Photo: Julian Read Collection  Date: April 2017

1 x Calcining @Etruria Bone Mill www.etruriamuseum.org.uk/
Photo: Julian Read Collection  Date: April 2017


STOKE-UPON-TRENT - 4
Four bottle ovens remain in Stoke (the town, not the city). The firing chamber remnants which exist on the site of the former Spode Pottery Factory are all that are left on that site after the last remaining oven collapsed completely in 1972.


1 x Calcining @ Lytton Street, Stoke.
Former Dolby Pottery
Photo: Julian Read Collection  Date: April 2017

2 x Updraught hob-mouthed @ Sturgess Street, Stoke.
Falcon Works. Former Goss Works
Photo: Julian Read Collection  Date: April 2017


1 x Updraught hob mouthed @Spode Works, Church Street, Stoke
The hovel and much of the firing chamber collapsed in 1972
Photo source: unknown  Date: unknown

FENTON - 4
Four bottle ovens remain in Fenton (the town that the author, Arnold Bennett, 'forgot').

1 x Updraught @ Hines Street (Chilton Street) Heron Cross, Fenton.
Heron Cross Pottery
Photo: Julian Read Collection  Date: April 2017

3 x Calcining kilns @ Fountain Street, Fenton.
James Kent (Ceramic Materials) Ltd. Restored
Photo: Julian Read Collection  Date: April 2017


LONGTON - 20
Twenty bottle ovens remain in Longton, the most southerly town of The Potteries. Longton is home to the world famous and multi-award winning Gladstone Pottery Museum . Of the twenty ovens extant, 12 are in remarkably good condition having been restored and opened to the public. The oven at Hudson and Middleton, Sutherland Works, Normacot Road, is the last oven ever to be fired, more here>



4 x Updraught @ Chelson Street Normacot Road, Longton.

4 x Updraught @ Chelson Street Normacot Road, Longton.
Enson Works. Now CoRE
Photo: Julian Read Collection  Date: April 2017

2 x Updraught @ Commerce Street, Longton
Photo: Julian Read Collection  Date: April 2017

2 x Updraught @ King Street, Longton.
Albion Works, King Street. Phoenix Works
Photo: Julian Read Collection  Date: April 2017

1 x Updraught @ Corner of Warren St and Normacot Road,
Normacot, Longton
Minkstone Pottery
Photo: Julian Read Collection  Date: April 2017

2 x Updraught @ Normacot Road, Longton.

2 x Updraught @ Normacot Road, Longton.
Rear of Sutherland Works. Hudson & Middleton
Photo: Julian Read Collection  Date: April 2017

1 x Updraught @ Normacot Road, Longton.
Left oven -  Hudson and Middleton, Sutherland Works.
This oven was the last ever to be fired with coal. In August 1978
Photo: Julian Read Collection  Date: April 2017

1 x Calcining  @ 120, Uttoxeter Road.
Near Short Street, Longton
Photo: Julian Read Collection  Date: April 2017

4 x Updraught @ Uttoxeter Road, Longton.
Gladstone Pottery Museum. Open to the public.
http://www.stokemuseums.org.uk/gpm/ 
Photo: Julian Read Collection  Date: April 2017


1 x Muffle enamel kiln @ Uttoxeter Road, Longton.
Gladstone Pottery Museum. Open to the public
Photo: Julian Read Collection  Date: April 2017

2 x Updraught @ Uttoxeter Road, Longton.
Roslyn Works, adjacent to Gladstone Pottery Museum.
Photo: Julian Read Collection  Date: April 2017