The distinctive bottle-shaped chimneys of the bottle oven. The kilns in which the china was fired. The outer wall of the bottle oven acts as a chimney. It is known as the ‘hovel’ and gives the oven its distinctive bottle shape. Inside the hovel is the kiln proper. The china would be placed in fire-clay boxes known as ‘saggars’ to be fired in the kiln. A kiln could contain up to 2,000 saggars. This kiln was a biscuit kiln, used to give the china its first firing.
English chinaware which was based on the site between 1795 and 1926
The Shropshire Canal in the Ironbridge Gorge Coalport, Shropshire, England
HDR: 3 shots +/-2 EV
Canon 5D mk2
Canon EF 24 – 105 mm