Roachside Cottage

Part of the living landscape of the Roaches

Peak District National Park - Upper Hulme, Nr Leek ST13 8UB

The powerful and evocative Weeping Window exhibition reached Stoke-on-Trent this week.

This is an extension of the stunning “Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red” installation by ceramic artist Paul Cummins, which was the centrepiece of the Great War Centenary at the Tower of London in 2014 and which has been touring the nation since.

The Weeping Window has been set up on one of the few remaining “bottle ovens” in Stoke-on-Trent at the world famous Burleigh Pottery factory in Middleport – just down the road from the factory where almost a million poppies were made specially for the project.

We went along to visit as soon as it opened. It’s very impressive & very moving.

It was good to see how well attended it was and to see how both the volunteers and staff from the Burleigh Factory have become so enthusiastically involved.

Even without the poppies, the factory is a great day out – preserved largely in the way my own grandfather would have recognised - and still manufacturing pottery ware.

All in all, a “must do” if you are in the area before 16th September.

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