Vols & Staff

The volunteers and staff of Gladstone Pottery Museum who made the last firing happen

In no particular order - if you know of others who have been accidentally missed off the list do let me know! You can use the Contact Form here>

  • David Sekers - Gladstone Pottery Museum Director and member of the organising committee
  • Alfred Clough - Fireman in overall charge of the firing and member of the organising committee. The museum presented Mr. Clough with No.1 saggar and tyg
  • Paul Niblett - Oddman and member of the organising committee
  • Kathy Niblett - Volunteer and member of the organising committee
  • Terry Woolliscroft - Volunteer and member of the organising committee
  • Pam Bott - Gladstone Pottery Museum Curator and member of the organising committee
  • Fred Greasley - Oddman and member of the organising committee
  • George Fairweather  - the owner of Hudson and Middleton, Longton Ltd., where the bottle oven firing took place. He put up with the team for such a long time and without his cooperation the firing would not have taken place. 
These are the 71 volunteers listed as doing some work during the Last Bottle Oven Firing 1978. We believe that it is complete but sincerely apologise if we have missed anyone. Although not listed here we must not forget the museum staff and regular volunteers who kept the museum open to visitors during the event.
  • Mr Dave Allen (David Wedgwood)
  • Mr Arrowsmith
  • Mr Stephen Astley
  • Mrs Baker
  • Ms Valerie Banks
  • Mr Paul Bartram
  • Mr Mark Batten
  • Mrs Melanie Batten
  • Mr Raymond Blackburn
  • Mr Martin Brennan
  • Mr Colin Burgess
  • Dr Francis Celoria
  • Mr Alfred Clough
  • Mr Brian Colclough
  • Mrs Maureen Colclough
  • Mr John Copeland
  • Mr Robert Copeland
  • Mr Les Dennis
  • Mrs Beverley Downing
  • Mr Roy Downing
  • Mr Everard
  • Mr Field
  • Miss Fisher
  • Mr Alan Freestone
  • Mrs Godden
  • Mr Bill Goodall
  • Mr Fred Greasley
  • Mrs Pat Halfpenny
  • Mr Chris Hampson
  • Mr Eileen Hampson
  • Mr Rodney Hampson
  • Mr Fred Harrington
  • Mr F Harrison
  • Mr John Hemmer
  • Mr John (Jack) Hill
  • Mr R Hill
  • Ms Rosemary Hill
  • Mr Jack Hudson
  • Mr Hulse
  • Mr Elwyn James
  • Mr Ted Lockett
  • Miss McGreavy
  • Mrs Ann Marsden
  • Mr Marsden
  • Mr G W Massey
  • Mr Arthur Maxfield
  • Mr Fred Miles
  • Mrs Kathy Niblett
  • Mr Paul Niblett
  • Mr Roy Nicholson
  • Mr David Oakden
  • K Pardoe
  • Mr Phil Parkes
  • Mr Parkin
  • Miss Carol Parry-Thomas
  • Mrs Quinney
  • Mr J Shaw
  • Mrs E Shenton
  • Mr John Side
  • Mr J Simpson
  • Mr Dave Smith
  • Mr J Syne
  • Mr T Tittensor
  • Mr Arthur Turner
  • Mr Frank Underwood
  • Mr J Wade
  • Mr Watts
  • Mr Geoffrey Webb-Bowen
  • Mr Mike Willmott
  • Ms Gwen Wiseman
  • Mr Terry Woolliscroft





Organising Committee

  • David Sekers - Museum Director
  • Alfred Clough - Fireman
  • Pam Bott - Museum Curator
  • Paul Niblett - Volunteer
  • Fred Greasley - Volunteer
  • Kathy Niblett - Volunteer
  • Terry Woolliscroft - Volunteer

Placers, Drawers and Ovenmen/Oddmen

    Placers were required for the first three days, 26, 27 and 28 August 1978.
    • Mr Arrowsmith
    • Mr Les Dennis
    • Mr Field 
    • Mr Fred Harrington
    • Mr Ted Lockett (cod placer)
    • Mr Fred Miles
    • Mr Phil Parkes
    • Mr J Shaw
    • Mr J Simpson
    • Mr J Syne 
    • Mr T Tittensor
    • Mr Arthur Turner
    • Mr J Wade
    Drawers were required on Saturday 2 September 1978.
    • Mr Ted Lockett
    • Mr Arthur Turner
    • Mr Fred Harrington
    • Mr Les Dennis
    • Mr Phil Parkes
    • Mr Fred Miles
    Ovenmen and oddmen were required from Tuesday lunch 29 August, through the night to Wednesday evening 30 August at 22:00. Jack Hill would take the night shift but he would not be able to do any baiting himself. He suggested that three oddmen would be required on that shift.
    • Mr Fred Greasley
    • Mr Rodney Hampson (wadman)
    • Mr John (Jack) Hill (night fireman)
    • Mr Elwyn James
    • Mr Arthur Maxfield
    • Mr Paul Niblett
    • Mr John Side
    • Mr Frank Underwood
    • Mr Watts
    • Mr Terry Woolliscroft

    Last Bottle Oven Firing - 1978 - Alfred Clough (fireman) and David Sekers (museum director)
    inspecting the oven before it was brought back to life


    ALFRED CLOUGH - MASTER POTTER

    The Fireman responsible for the Last Bottle Oven Firing was Alfred Clough, a local master potter and a retired pottery manufacturer. more here>


    ALFRED CLOUGH  Master potter. 27 May 1905 - 1984. Pottery owner from Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, who mass-produced printed earthenware, dinner and tea ware, for sales outlets such as Woolworths. By 1960 he also owned W H Grindley, Cartright and Edwards, Barker Bros, and Royal Art Pottery. He operated, at one time, from the Garfield Works in Longton.

    Here is his photo and a pic of his 1939 oven at Garfield Works being demolished in May 1975, with young kids playing in the rubble. He was also the fireman responsible for The Last Bottle Oven Firing in 1978 more>






    Clipping courtesy -  Evening Sentinel





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