Historic pottery site to go under the hammer

Falcon Works site in Stoke-on-Trent

The site of a former historic pottery in Stoke on Trent is to be put up for sale by auction this month.

The former Falcon Works was originally the home of the WH Goss pottery business, which moved to the site in 1870 and specialised in ceramic souvenir-ware, designed to incorporate the crests and names of seaside resorts and popular with Victorian holidaymakers.

The 1.5 acre site was bought by Portmeirion in the 1960s and two landmark bottle kilns and a workshop building that were part of the original Falcon Works were given listed building status in 1979.

The site now has planning consent to develop two new residential blocks, as well as for alterations to be made to the existing listed factory buildings to create 43 affordable apartments.

Paul Thompson, managing director of property auctioner, Pugh, said: “The factory played an important role in the industrial history of the Potteries and it’s not very often that a site with so much historic interest and commercial potential comes on the market.

“With quality affordable housing in short supply in Stoke as in the rest of the UK, the sale looks set to open a new chapter for the Falcon Works as a valuable community resource.”

The site, which has a guide price of £250,000-plus, will go under the hammer in Manchester next week.