Memories of the Staffordshire Potteries by Mervyn Edwards (Paperback, 2009)

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The bottle ovens of Stoke are a familiar sight and a reminder of an era when thousands of local people were employed in the pottery industry. There were over 2,500 coal-fired ovens and kilns in operation before 1936 and 'Smokey Stoke' earned its soubriquet from its billowing clouds of black smoke.