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John Tams was born on Stafford street, Longton in 1837. He started work as an apprentice potter in the early years and eventually went into partnership with William Lowe, manufacturing pottery on the High Street. Longton.

In 1874 John Tams purchased Crown Pottery located on the corner of Commerce Street and the High Street. Originally specialising in imperial measurement ware for hotels and public houses, he later moved onto more commercial earthenware to broaden his market.

In 1903 the factory became John Tams & sons and later John Tams LTD in 1912 with the building housing 3 bottle kilns none of which have survived.

The factory closed in 2000 and on 11th April 2014 the factory was deliberately set on fire causing a huge amount of damage and leaving sections of it needing urgent demolition


Living quite local we had been past here loads of time so we had already figured out our route in, the large back section on the building is completely gone so no climbing through windows or dangerous suicide moves needed today. Internally the place has been completely trashed, the floor is littered with paint pots and ceramic transfers not to mention all the various bits of office furniture scattered about.

The midsection of the building is missing parts of the roof and as a result has some serious element damage however, it does provide a heaven for a few hundred pigeons and a lodger who seemed more surprised to see us than we were him and after exchanging mutual muttered Alrights? he wandered off leaving us to it.

The large industrial kilns are still fitted into the building with several bits of large machinery also still housed in the remains of the factory. In fact there was quite a large amount of items still left inside, one room the left of the building is filled with thousands of ceramic transfers not including those strewn all over the factory floor so from a photographic point of view it is quite interesting.

The upper floor is also accessible but completely stripped and vandalised, as is the showroom towards the front of the building. The office is filled with wage dockets and invoices but also home to the lodger so we left well alone and moved on to another part of the factory.










Hope you enjoy thanks for looking

Edited by The_Raw
removed [IMG] text from photos

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Fairly trashed looking place, but you've made some nice pics from there, good work! :thumb

It is completely trashed inside but full of random bits of junk and only a short drive away so a cool place to fritter away a few hours.

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I thought this was totally gone after that massive fire, I can remember visiting it a few years ago before it got stripped out and before the big fire, it was my favourite spot in Stoke.

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are you local then urbex baby? im from stafford myself lol if you want to drop me a pm sometime i got a few locs inthe area you might want to check out :)

just down the road in Newcastle :)

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