Archive black and white photograph showing cars parked on wasteground overlooking an industrial landscape.

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City of Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. Photographed by Eileen Deste 1965-68. © Historic England Archive DES01/04/0160

Potteries Mysteries

Eileen 'Dusty' Deste was an avid photographer of industrial dereliction. She was particularly passionate about chimneys, and in the early 1960s, when she read that the six towns of the Staffordshire Potteries were demolishing their old bottle kilns and replacing them with clean electric versions, she set off to photograph the buildings, people and landscapes before they disappeared.

View her potteries photographs

From those sites we have been able to track down, it seems like Miss Deste concentrated her efforts in Burslem, Longton, Etruria and Hanley. It’s likely that many of the buildings have been demolished or altered, so some may prove a challenge!

If you can pinpoint any of these places or offer further clues, please email us at: [email protected]

Mystery Potteries Image Gallery

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