The old Wharncliffe Fire Clay Works is a Grade II listed building close to Sheffield's city centre. The tiles they produced are used on the building, which was owned by the firm of John Armitage and Sons. This housed their showroom - the actual factory was at Deepcar, about seven miles to the north of the city. The name "Wharncliffe" was used because the mineral beds Armitage (originally a glazier) used (from which clay and coal were extracted) were leased to him by Edward Montagu-Stuart-Wortley-Mackenzie, 3rd Baron Wharncliffe. Armitage even called the house he built, Wharncliffe Villa!
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