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Address: Lower Bedford Street | Etruria, Stoke-on-Trent ST1 4RB, England
Phone Number: 447900267711
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: The Etruria Industrial Museum is the home of Jesse Shirley's Bone and...
The Etruria Industrial Museum is the home of Jesse Shirley's Bone and Flint Mill which operated from 1857 to 1972. It ground bone, flint and Cornish stone for the production of English Bone China. The mill is driven by an 1820s beam engine installed in 1857 with steam raised by a 1903 Cornish boiler built locally. The museum is operated by volunteers and has limited opening days. It is operated (in steam) on 6 weekends a year. Please check the website for dates and times.
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A great view of the past in Stoke.

We visited this wonderful place on our recent visiit to Stoke, it is a very interesting Industrial Museum, packed with artefacts and local history from a bygone era, well worth a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

We visited this wonderful place on our recent visiit to Stoke, it is a very interesting Industrial Museum, packed with artefacts and local history from a bygone era, well worth a visit.

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

This is a preserved bone and flint mill that made materials for the pottery industry located at the junction of the Trent and Mersey and Caldon canals. Best seen on a steaming weekend when you can see the machinery in action. Guided tours are available at extra cost and are conducted by passionate and well informed volunteers. There are quite... More 

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Nantwich, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

We went back to this museum recently to experience a ‘Steaming Day’. The mill is located at the junction of several canals and on this occasions there were lots of different boats to provide interest. We saw the steam engine in operation and then went next door into the mixing rooms where large amount of material was crushed and mixed... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

Visited on this occasion as part of a group of locals but every one of us walked away having learnt something new. Although you can wander around on your own it is well worth the extra £2 for the tour as the guides are able to explain in detail the history and purpose of the mill as well as the... More 

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Thank you to the review. Positive feedback helps to encourage and motivate the volunteers who restore, maintain and operate the museum and mill to continue the work of over 30 years. More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

Two canals, three locks and a bit of Victorian engineering - what's not to like? There isn't anything wrong with this place . A little bit of the industrial revolution in a nutshell.

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Horsham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

My family visited this scheduled ancient monument on the 30th May. We can highly recommend a tour, a facinating step back in time and the process of grinding bone and Flint which was used in the production of Bone china was expertly explained by the guides. The grinding machinery is powered by a double acting condensing rotartive beam engine to... More 

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Stone
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Etruria is the home of the worlds only operational steam powered potters mill. Basically it shows how bone china etc. was made until just a few years ago. It opens for the general public just six weekends this year so you need to check its website for opening hours. A modest entry fee for a guided tour is well worth... More 

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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

Nice industrial buildings next to the canal to walk around, see the beam engine and the various pieces of equipment that used to be used for grinding bone and flint. Displays are informative, something for younger kids to do (playing with clay, or the climb-in, indoor narrowboat). The review gets 3/5 because it was interesting, but didn't stretch the imagination.... More 

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Stoke-on-Trent
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

A very interesting place... a hidden gem as it were... my other half has lived here all his life and never knew where it was...loads of industrial history, very knowledgeable staff... then a most welcoming brew and cake. Its not open enough... a total waste, but when its open its brill keep an eye to S-o-T museums web site for... More 

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Stoke on Trent
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Lovely afternoon. Informative and friendly guides. Fascinating history. Tea room. Well worth a visit.

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