H G Wells time travels at Etruria

H G Wells visited Etruria in 1888, and sent the following description to his father:

'Considering the great reputation of the firm, I was rather surprised at the ramshackle state of the works, which are, with extensions and innumerable patchy alterations, the same that the immortal Josiah erected a century ago; they consist of big, hive-shaped ovens and barn-like but many storied buildings where the potters and painters work, standing towards each other at angles, with queer narrow passages and archways penetrating them, with flimsy wooden staircases outside the building and with innumerable windows opaque with dirt and crusted like bottles of ancestral wine with cobwebs and mouldy matter. There are grinding mills moreover, which creak and groan as the mills roar round and which are dirty when you enter'.


Etruria, © Wedgwood Museum

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