Molds Left to Gather Dust
Or 'Mouldy Molds and the Saga of Spode'. Spode, once a pre-eminent china maker, saw its factory closed down in 2008. The site now belongs to Stoke council and is falling into disrepair. The molds with which Spode's greatest wares were made now accumulate dust in a forgotten store. Spode, and indeed Stoke, are an amazing part of our heritage. Some of Spode's greatest designs are now made by the brand's owners Portmerion, but essentially the great name is all but gone. The Spode factory is an amazing part of our heritage. There is a visitor centre, run by fantastic volunteers - go visit! Spode is in the town of Stoke, one of the five towns of Stoke-on-Trent. Taken 19 October 2014. I spent the day touring our pottery past with Pete Taylor (@ForrestGrump), whose much more wonderful photos of the day are a must.