Welcome.

My name is Tom, I’m based in Stoke-on-Trent.

The purpose of this website is for me to have somewhere to publish my “stuff”, whether it be exploring reports, photography in general or just something else that’s random but in my opinion worthy of putting online.

The bulk of what I put on here is exploring related, it's something that I’ve long held an interest in but only really got into around 2011. Since then I’ve been to hundreds of places, and met countless great people in the process." itemprop="description"/>

King Edward VI Boys Grammar School, Stafford - October 2019

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The Free Grammar School of King Edward VI was first established in Stafford in 1550 to provide free education to young boys. In 1862 a new building was erected for the school on Newport Road and would serve as the home of the boys' grammar school for over 100 years. Stafford Girls' High School was Read more

Sutherland Chambers, Stoke on Trent - October 2019

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Some history of the building, produced by local historian Andrew Dobraszczyc. Sutherland Chambers in Stoke were built by William Jackson in 1899. Jackson was a publican owning the neighbouring Grapes Public House and also the nearby Glebe Hotel. In 1898 he engaged local architects and surveyors Read more

Bretby Brick & Stoneware Company (Klondyke Works), Swadlincote - October 2019

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All credit to _motionlessinmike for this one, I've not seen it crop up on here before so props to him and his local knowledge. Obviously being from the Potteries I just can't help but love pot banks, that being said I've never really ventured to Derby which also has an extensive pottery history, Read more

Peggy Davies Ceramics (formerly St Luke's/Wellington County Infants' School), Stoke on Trent - October 2019

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This one is quite an interesting place, it started life in 1893 as the Wellington County Infant's School and in 1982 it became Hanley St Luke’s C of E Aided Primary School. It was closed in 2001 after a new extension was built onto the adjacent junior school. At some point afterwards the Read more

Top Bridge Works (Price and Kensington), Stoke on Trent - September 2019

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For whatever reason in the years that I've been doing this I'd never actually had a serious look at this place, I guess it just never really looked worth the effort, but I think I was wrong really, I probably should have had a look years ago when it wasn't so wet. It's one of those weird places Read more

Swithland Reservoir - December 2016

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This place has been done plenty of times, so not adding anything new here. We were in the vicinity checking some other stuff out and thought why not pop in to have a look. I'd heard tales of vast quantities of massive spiders, but only saw one that was alive, bit of a relief. Swithland reservoir, Read more

Stoke-on-Trent Workshops for the Blind - September 2019

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The Workshops for the Blind were closed in 2013, naturally it was straight on my radar, especially with it being a nice old art deco style industrial building (my favourite). However, since closing it has had very tight security and therefore has taken lots of persistence but as always it has Read more

Dudson Pottery, Stoke on Trent - Summer 2019

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Dudson is a British company that manufactured fine china. It was one of the oldest china companies in England, founded in 1800. It was one of the first of the pottery companies to identify a need for products specifically to serve the hospitality market and soon after its launch began exclusively Read more
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