Pottery has been made in Staffordshire for centuries.  Excavations in the North Staffordshire Moorlands and in the Potteries district revealed Bronze Age burial urns and Roman vessels, including the kiln in which they were fired.   Beginning in the medieval period, an unbroken chain of development saw the pottery industry expand in Staffordshire. Eventually the smoking factories merged into one long ribbon of industry along the valley of the river Trent.

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Development of the North Staffordshire Potteries
Technology: Underglaze Printing
Working in the Potteries