picture of Wedgewood's factory at Etruria, beside the canal, in 1974. (Line drawing)

Etruria, 1794. Josiah Wedgewood, the famous pottery maker, was a strong supporter of the Grand Trunk (or Trent and mersey) Canal. His pottery factory was built beside the canal so that clay for pottery, and coal for the furnaces, could be delivered by boat and the finished pottery carried to the ports for export by ship, and to other parts of Britain.

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