Last Sunday we finally left Stone and headed north through the ‘Potteries’ towns that make up Stoke on Trent. There are some incredibly beautiful parts of Staffordshire but Stoke on Trent couldn’t be described as one of them. It may not be beautiful but it is definitely interesting. Industrial architecture abounds as this was the hub of the pottery industry from the early 1700s onwards. These spectacular bottle kilns have been left in tact in the middle of a mediocre housing development just outside Etruria.
The Etruria Industrial Museum houses the Jesse Shirley’s Bone and Flint Mill – the only working steam driven potters mill in the world. We’ve not managed to visit yet but have hopes of making it back on 12th April when it will be in steam.
Much as we enjoy industrial architecture, we were both keen to escape into more rural landscapes.
Gordon got his instructions from the guy from CRT……
The doors clanged shut behind us, the fan that provides fresh air roared into life and we plunged into darkness. Thirty minutes or so later we emerged and (after skirting round Kidsgrove) we were on the Macclesfield Canal, heading towards the Peak District.
Our mooring last night at the bottom of the Bosley Locks was everything we could have hoped for – an amazing spot to spend the night.