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Middleport Pottery, situated on the Trent and Mersey Canal in Stoke-on-Trent, was built by Burgess and Leigh in the late nineteenth century. The Grade II* listed Pottery is the UK’s last working Victorian potbank in continuous production. After 130 years, Middleport Pottery remains home to world-famous ‘Burleigh’ pottery.

Through public and private funding, Middleport Pottery was saved from closure and underwent substantial remodelling and renovation, transforming it into a visitor attraction and centre for creative businesses.

Middleport Pottery is now an award-winning visitor destination based in the heart of the potteries.

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Re-Form Heritage is working with public and private funders and the local community to regenerate the 11 former pottery workers' terraces.

Harper Street will include a new heritage offer, workshop and retail space for seven creative businesses and a publicly accessible archive and research centre.

The regeneration will also create a vital community centre run by a local organisation offering Middleport’s residents social, training and community support opportunities.



Whitechapel Bell Foundry manufactured Big Ben, the Liberty Bell and Bow Bells amongst many thousands of other bells in daily use.

In 2017 the foundry was bought for development as a boutique hotel and hospitality venue. Re-Form Heritage, Factum Foundation, numerous community, heritage and bellringing organisations, and thousands of individuals contributed to a campaign to save the site of the Whitechapel Bell Foundry.

On 13th May 2021, the Secretary of State approved the development of a boutique hotel on the site of the historic Whitechapel Bell Foundry. Re-Form Heritage, Factum Foundation and its many partners and supporters are deeply disappointed by the decision.

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Old Duchy Palace

Old Duchy Palace, in Lostwithiel, was built by Edmund Earl of Cornwall in 1292. In 1337, when the Black Prince became the Duke of Cornwall, he made the Palace his administrative centre, where the Courts, Treasury, Maritime offices and the tin industry were run from.

When The Prince's Foundation bought Old Duchy Palace in 2009, it was seriously derelict and on the Buildings at Risk Register. But with the help of the Cornwall Buildings Preservation Trust (CBPT) who now manage the property, and funding from the European Regional Growth Fund, Duchy Palace’s unique heritage has been saved and developed into a business and retail space to benefit the local community and economy for generations to come.

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