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    Default Old Pottery Kiln Uncovered during excavation work for central library.

    Old Pottery Kiln dating from pre 19th century. A photograph of an old pottery kiln uncovered during excavation work before the construction of the extension to the central library.

    Courtesy LRO.

    I makes one wonder what was there before what is there now


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    Wonder what else they might come across?

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    Shaw's Brow [William Brown Street]. Kay Parrott writing in Pictorial Liverpool...says "by 1790, there were 74 houses on Shaw's Brow, occupied by 374 people, all of whom were connected to the potteries." An example [below] of a kiln which formed part of Seth Penninton's works, north of the street, though not thought to be on the Library site.










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    Shaw's Brow was full of these and mills during that time. Mill Lane still stands between the Art Gallery and Sessions House. Although there were inns and pubs near the bottom of the street, as William Brown St, it is one of the longest thoroughfares never to have contained a pub.
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    Ha, except this one. Although this pub probably knows more of Shaw's Brow, than of William Brown Street.

    I bet all the potters spun themselves into a right ole state in the 'Angel' Inn?


    What's your order? A pint of Harp, a glass of Blue Nun and a couple of pieces of stinking bishop to go with that please?






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    Hi all

    Nice to see. It looks as if Shaw's Brow was a minor version of the Potteries in Stoke-on-Trent. Let's not forget the Herculaneum Pottery by the Dingle. Centuries earlier, the Romans had pottery kilns in Wilderspool near Warrington and in Manchester. See here.

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