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Etruria Industrial Museum

Beam engine
Beam engine
Bone and flint mill
Bone and flint mill
Canal junction
Canal junction

Home to Jesse Shirley’s 1857 Bone and Flint Mill, the only remaining operational steam driven potters’ mill in the world. Driven by a 1820s Boulton & Watt pattern rotative beam engine which is one of the oldest still working. Steam is raised by a 1903 Cornish boiler. Located at an attractive canal junction, there is a visitor centre, blacksmith’s forge, canal warehouse and toll office.


  • Refreshments
  • Souvenir Shop
  • Part disabled access


Shirley's Bone & Flint Mill Volunteers


Kilndown Close, Etruria Vale Road Etruria Stoke-on-Trent Staffordshire ST1 4RB

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Open days

In steam: 2-3 Jun, 4-5 Aug, 15-16 Sep, 1-2 Dec. 1230-1630.


By Rail: Stoke on Trent / 2 miles

 Jesse Shirley’s Bone and Flint Mill was built in 1857 to grind flint, bone and Cornish stone which, when mixed with white clay, produces English bone china. The 10 pan mill is driven by an 1820s Bolton & Watt pattern beam engine installed when the mill was built. Steam is raised by a hand stoked 1903 Cornish boiler built locally. Power is transmitted to the grinding pans through transversal shafts and bevel gears. An original flint calcining kiln can be seen. The mill has its own canal wharf with two historic working boats based at the mill. It may be seen operating on 6 steaming weekends a year and at other times viewed by appointment. The adjacent attractive junction of the Trent & Mersey and Caldon canals has a warehouse, check (toll) office, locks and working forge. The visitor centre houses a museum, tea room, gift shop and toilets. Parking at ST1 4RB, disabled parking (restricted access to the mill) ST4 7AF. 


Sat 1st - Sun 2nd Jun 2019: Etruria Canals Festival

The museum hosts a family-friendly summer festival. It brings together narrowboats, canal boats in a lively carnival atmosphere with additional attractions…

Inland Waterways / Stationary Steam

Sat 3rd - Sun 4th Aug 2019: James Watt Bicentenary Event

Etruria Industrial Museum, Etruria Vale Road, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST1 4RB.
Tel: 07900 267 711.

Stationary Steam

Sat 30th Nov - Sun 1st Dec: Christmas at a Victorian Mill

Etruria Industrial Museum, Etruria Vale Road, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST5 6SQ.
Tel: 07900 267 711.

Jesse Shirley’s 1857 Bone & Flint Mill driven by a 1820s beam engine operating 12.30pm to 4.30pm starting on the hour. Experience the atmosphere…

Santa / Stationary Steam

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