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Searching for your Potteries Ancestors?

 We know that some very special visitors will be coming along to visit the Potteries from all over the world, some of you may even be relatives of the founding fathers of America known as the Pilgrim Fathers who boarded the Mayflower ship. With Mayflower 400 coming up we want to welcome you with open arms to make your visit to the Potteries one to remember.

If you are following the trail of your ancestors who came from the Potteries we would love to help. Visit us at Barewall in Burslem so we can set you on the right track helping you to discover on the ground your way around the Potteries of today.

The Potteries can be a difficult place to get around if you are unsure of your bearings or what still exists or is no longer there. Please do visit us and I'm sure we will be able to help you with your exploration of your roots and the past history of your family in the Potteries and North Staffordshire.

In the first instance the Potteries covers Stoke on Trent and parts of Newcastle Under Lyme. Stoke on Trent is a city which was created in 1925. It is made up of six old towns, Tunstall, Burslem, Hanley, Stoke, Fenton and Longton. Burslem is considered to be the oldest of the Pottery towns with evidence of pot making stretching back to the 1500's and it is also known as the Mother Town.

As Barewall is based in Burslem I'm sure this would be a sensible place to start your journey to help to plan your visit with a local on the ground. We are perfectly setup for genealogy tourism across North Staffordshire, with extensive on the ground knowledge, the founder is from the area and we specialise in items and stories which are relate to the local area. Having enjoyed art and history for many years our knowledge will be well worth ensuing your start your trip across Stoke on Trent and its surrounding areas by visiting Barewall in Burslem.

Of course the area is one which also supported British industry through the industrial revolution with mining, steel making, Pottery and many other crafts in the surrounding districts out into Staffordshire and the Staffordshire Moorlands, all of which we are happy to help you with.

We are near to many of the famous pottery companies sites in Burslem including early Wedgwood, Woods, Wades, Doultons, Moorcroft, Clarice Cliff, Susie Cooper, Spode and Minton, Adams, Davenports, as well as many of the other 2000 plus factories which made up the landscape of the Potteries. 

Barewall is included on the tourist map for Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire as well as being a base for the tourism initiative Burslem Welcomes. I'm sure we can help to guide you to areas of your ancestors as well as enjoy what the Potteries also has on offer today. 

The town of Burslem is one which includes a number of beautifully designs architecture from the past. It holds the same layout as when it was enjoyed by the likes of Josiah Wedgwood, and his family, as well as Charles Darwin. All frequented the famous Leopard Pub where the creating of the British canal system were discussed by Wedgwood and James Brindley. Burslem's early history provides a brilliant opportunity to enjoy heritage tourist visits. We can arrange these in advance please do send the gallery an email to arrange this.

Barewall also stocks a number of unique collectable and special items which can help you to remember your visit as well as locally made giftware which celebrate the Potteries and Stoke on Trent. We also stock postcards and cards so that you can send back to people at home from the home of your North Staffordshire ancestors.

We look forward to meeting you soon.

Amanda and the team at Barewall Art Gallery 2019

Saggar Boys by Geoffrey Wynne RISaggar Boys II by Geoffrey Wynne RI  is one of a collection of paintings available as limited edition signed prints by Potteries born artist Geoffrey Wynne exclusively from Barewall art gallery. The collection captures groups of workers over time from the industry of North Staffordshire.  This painting depicts boys who would have worked in the pottery industry with their tools for making saggers. Saggars were made out of clay to hold the ware which was fired in giant bottle kilns. Some of the bottle kilns still stand today in Stoke-on-Trent and can be visited.