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The Potbank Dictionary | Assembled by Terry Woolliscroft | Launched in 1976 | Still growing

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A Little Bit of History

The Potbank Dictionary has grown from humble beginnings.

I launched it in January 1976 as a regular column in The Friends of Gladstone Broadsheet and my first word was ARK. What a great word to launch it! Gladstone Pottery Museum had just been officially opened by the Duke of Gloucester. David Sekers was the Director and The Honorable Hugh Gibson was the Friends Chairman.


The Gladstone Working Pottery Museum Story here>







I started my career in the pottery industry as a Production Management Trainee at Josiah Wedgwood and Sons, Barlaston, Stoke-on-Trent and it was there, during my 5-year training course, that I started collecting the wonderful words of the potteries. Actually, I don't know why I did it. But it seemed fun at the time. Getting the words and their definitions into print was a great boost to my ego!




This blog was created 30 years later when I had a little more time on my hands and the technology was developing and becoming easier.

I visit the site daily to refine the definitions, add more words and add more images. I'm delighted that the blog  has been archived for preservation by the British Library and is part of the following subjects: Education & Research - Dictionaries, Encyclopaedias, and Reference Works.   Hope you like it!




WOOLLISCROFT.ORG.UK 

All about Pam and Terry Woolliscroft, who they are and what they do here>








SPODE HISTORY 

The must-see blog about Spode and its history. Everything you need to know - well almost!  here>

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SPODE ABC 

Lots of Spode history stored alphabetically. Explore and enjoy and keep coming back to see more entries as the blog is updated here>





THE GLADSTONE POTTERY MUSEUM STORY

From a crumbling and derelict shell of a potbank to an internationally renowned and unique museum of the Stoke-on-Trent Pottery Industry. Four coal fired bottle ovens still stand in the potbank yard. Steam engine, sliphouse, galleries of sanitaryware, tiles and pottery colour, workshops and of course the potters themselves ... follow The Gladstone Pottery Museum Story here>




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This website/blog has been created entirely for fun. I've enjoyed researching and making the information available to everyone. It's all about sharing knowledge. The site has no commercial interests and is for reference and educational purposes. Users of the site may use the content themselves only for educational, or personal, non-commercial use. Please fee free to make use of the information on the site for your personal use. I'd love you to acknowledge where you found the information and if you could create a link to the site that would be great.

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