It's....Hard to believe beautiful pottery and fine china was made here in mucky Hanely along with the other towns which made up Stoke on Trent... My city was the same with the silver and steel trade. I remember the constant smoke, soot fell like rain. It all stopped with the clean air act in 1965
Bottle Kilns Nothing set the Potteries sky-line apart more than the weird bottle shaped brick buildings that looked for all the world like they had been borrowed from a fairytale scene. Experts calculate that in the heyday there were up to 4,000 bottle kilns with as many as 2,000 still standing in the 1950's. The Clean Air Act sounded the death-knell for the smoky, coal fired oven.