Another important local text found. Eliza Meteyard’s account, with lots of local Stoke dialect, of “A Pottery Holiday” circa 1876.
Possibly she was not quite as deaf as some academics have claimed, given her ear for dialect. Either that, or she was an awesomely good lip-reader and could do so ‘in dialect’.
Given this text, and her novel Dora and her Papa, one suspects there’s more Stoke/Moorlands material in her body of work (other than the Wedgwood books). Apparently she knew William Woodall of Burslem, as well as Thomas Bateman.