English chinaware was based on the site between 1795 and 1926
The Works are situated next to the Shropshire canal which provided cheap bulk transport for raw materials and finished goods.
Located in a World Heritage Site, the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution.
The Shropshire Canal at Ironbridge Gorge Coalport, Shropshire, England
The distinctive bottle-shaped chimneys of the bottle oven. The kilns in which the china was fired. The outer wall of the bottle oven acts as a chimney. It is known as the ‘hovel’ and gives the oven its distinctive bottle shape. Inside the hovel is the kiln proper. The china would be placed in fire-clay boxes known as ‘saggars’ to be fired in the kiln. A kiln could contain up to 2,000 saggars. This kiln was a biscuit kiln, used to give the china its first firing.
October 15th, 2018
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