Museum - Industrial
Etruria Vale Road,
Etruria Industrial Museum and Heritage Centre, the home of Jesse Shirley’s Bone and Flint Mill - the only steam driven potter's mill in the world. Discover how they put the 'bone' in bone china at the last working steam-powered potters mill in Britain. Visit when the mill is 'in steam', when the 1903 boiler is fired, and the 1820s 'Princess' beam engine powers the historic machinery.
From the 1770s the canal side location, now occupied by Etruria Industrial Museum, provided an ideal location for various industries due to the ease of transporting raw material in and finished goods out, not only to many places in the UK but via Liverpool and Hull to many parts of the UK.
Visit and see:
- A unique operational 1857 Bone and Flint Mill scheduled as an ancient monument.
- Beam Engine built in the 1820's and installed in 1857 to drive the mill.
- Cornish Boiler built locally in 1903 used to raise steam.
- Calcining kiln, crusher, gear room, settling room and grinding room with 10 large pans.
- 19th century canal office and warehouse.
- Historic canals' junction and locks
- Blacksmith's Forge worked by an artistic blacksmith.
Jesse Shirley's Bone and Flint Mill
Opened in 1857, Jesse Shirley's Bone and Flint Mill is the only remaining operational steam driven potters' mill in the world. It operated commercially until 1972 producing ground bone, flint and Cornish stone used by the pottery industry to produce English porcelain better known as bone china. It also produced bone meal used by the agricultural industry to improve soil. Fully restored between 1978 and 1990 the mill is driven by a rare 1820s Boulton and Watt pattern rotative beam engine. It is one of the oldest still working and may be the oldest still driving the machinery for which it was installed. Steam is raised by a hand stoked Cornish boiler built at nearby Cliffe Vale in 1903.
The visitor centre and mill are staffed and maintained by local volunteers who operate the mill during 'steaming' weekends. They also organise the events, conduct guided tours, give educational talks and offer outreach activities.
Mill in Steam: Adults: £4.00, Child: (under 15) Free when accompanied by an adult
Mill not in Steam: Adults: £3.00, Child: (under 15) Free when accompanied by an adult
Please book at the visitors centre 10 minutes before the time of the steaming.
SJ 872469 53.01977 -2.19149
Take the city centre junction off of the A500 and follow the brown and white tourism signs. The car park is situated off of the Etruria Vale Road.
21, 21a and 101 every 20 minutes.
: 1 km from Stoke-on-Trent station