Spode Pottery Factory
Grade II listed group of factory warehouses forming the Spode Factory. National and internationally renowned Spode/Copeland firm, one of the world's leading potteries.
A cohesive survival of buildings used in continuous unbroken production from 1751 until 2008 when the firm went into administration.
Josiah Spode purchased the factory from Jeremiah Smith in 1776. He perfected the technique of transfer printing on earthen ware made from hand-engraved copper plates vital to the huge growth of the English table ware industry. Famous as a commercial enterprise Spode won high acclaim for design and innovation in the ceramic industry, the blue willow pattern one of its most famous designs. Spode won Royal warrants the last as Manufacturers of China to H.M. Queen Elizabeth II in 1971.
Factory buildings still house a unique collection of moulds in original store houses and an extensive archive, now housed in the city archive, Hanley.