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The Potbank Dictionary - Devised, assembled and written by Terry Woolliscroft. 
Launched in 1976 and still growing

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 in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, 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 just great!

And having the Stokie dialect printed on a mug was even better! The mug was made by KilnCraft in two colours. Here's a flyer from about 1978.

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 regularly 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 I'm delighted that the blog  has been archived for preservation by the British Library and is part of the following subjects: Education & Research - Dictionaries, Encyclopaedias, and Reference Works.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!


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


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

This site has been archived for preservation by the British Library


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


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.

Some material on the site has been assumed to be in the public domain - if you think that this is not so then please contact us so that I can correct any errors. 

The Author - Terry Woolliscroft

Stoke-on-Trent born Terry Woolliscroft has enjoyed an entire career in the ceramics industry. At the age of 16, he joined Josiah Wedgwood and Sons Ltd. The company sponsored his attendance at the North Staffordshire Polytechnic where he gained an Honours Degree in Ceramic Technology.

In 1976 he was a member of the team which surveyed the remaining bottle ovens in The Potteries. In 1978 he was a member of the organising committee of The Last Bottle Oven Firing in The Potteries. It was at this event that he met Alfred Clough, the 'fireman' responsible for the Final Firing.

Latterley he has been employed in the sanitaryware industry working for Twyfords, Roca, Lecico, Laufen, The Bathroom Manufacturers Association, The John Lewis Partnership and B&Q. The last decade or so has seen him travelling the world passing on his knowledge of the industry in special training seminars.

In his spare time he has created specialist information - The Potbank Dictionary, The Potteries Bottle Oven, The Last Bottle Oven Firing 1978, The Gladstone Pottery Museum Story, and the History of Twyford Bathrooms. These have been archived by The British Library.

Contact Us

If you would like to get in touch with us please email us using this address terry.woolliscroft [at] 

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Do let us know if you find any errors, typos, or inaccuracies. We'd also love to know if you have any information which would add to the site - you will, of course, be acknowledged for it in the script.