Eliza Meteyard’s “A Pottery Holiday”

Another important local text found. Eliza Meteyard’s account, with lots of local Stoke dialect, of “A Pottery Holiday” circa 1876.

meteyard_pottery_holiday_1876.pdf

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.

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