This site has been on my hit list for a month or so now after discovering it on the Internet. Etched with industrial and local history it was begging me to go and take a look and with M out on his travels and an drizzly afternoon spare I took my trusty partner in crime who for this post we shall call Superbear, grabbed my camera and off we went.
Apologises if this post come across with more of an Urban Explorer vibe but it would be a shame to not gives the pictures the justice they deserve by explaining the history of the site along the way.
W.H Goss dates back to 1870 when it was one of the several large manufacturers of ceramics in the potteries. The remaining buildings are the 1902 extension of the of larger 1858 factory. The sites pottery production ceased in 1944 and the site was sold on to Portmerion in 1961.
This is a front facing shot of the large remaining factory building, as you can see it has 3 large floors and windows situated all the way along each floor and although they are boarded up you can still get a sense of the scale of the building and its heritage . I was using the Fuji Finepix again and Superbear was using her Samsung compact. We took these on a miserably drizzly afternoon so I’ve shot them in black and white to emphasize the melancholy tones that surrounds the disused site.
On this side of the building the metal outside stairwell leading to the first floor is still intact unlike the rear of the building where the stairwell has collapsed. I zoomed in on this shot in order to capture some of the light peeking through the holes in the roof which can be seen through the left hand window.
A ground level shot along the length of the building, the overgrowth can be seen creeping up the walls in this frame whilst the older part of the factory can be seen contrasting against the blank skyline.
A detailed shot of the Falcon moulding located on the far end of the remaining building. It was quite high up so I had to use the Fuji’s 24x zoom to pick up some of the finer details for the photograph.
The depth of which the zoom has had to cover can be seen here as this frame puts the scale of the photo in to a better perspective. I’m shooting from ground level focusing up the length of the building and the falcon moulding can clearly be seen quite a way up toward the top point of the roof.
I’ve been waiting ages to get this photograph as I’ve seen several urban explorers posting reports on this location. Its a great image to represent the potteries heritage and to capture it timelessly before it disappears forever with the continual movement into modern developments.
In August 1979 these 2 remaining glost kilns and workshop were registered a listed buildings preventing any alterations or demolition from taking place. In 2002 Portmerion applied for listed building consent to part demolish areas of falcon works whilst preserving and refurbishing the remaining kiln areas within a residential area. This method of preservation has been successfully used at several other pottery site around Stoke-on-Trent however these plans were later abandoned. Portmerion sold the site to a company called Connexa in 2011 thus presenting the site with an uncertain future.
I took this one from the side of the main building trying to capture the kilns and workshop in the frame to show a comparison in size as they are both are ground level. The neutral tones of the sky make the dark features of the kiln more prominent in this photograph.
One shot from along the wall of the workshop with a single large glost kilns featured in the skyline.
This photograph is view from the back of the factory which backs on to a wooded area. I wanted to catch the trees clashing against the brickwork to try and portray the sense of abandonment that I felt while visiting Falcon works.
What struck me the most was all around the surrounding woodland was littered with broken ceramics, hundreds of tiny pieces lay nestled into the dirt, a part of the factories history forgotten and left to disappear into the past.