Those interested in the life of their ancestors in the Potteries during 1800's should read "When I Was A Child" by Charles Shaw (b1832 Tunstall).

Hardly known under its original title of "When I Was A Child", originally published anonymously it formed the basis of Arnold Bennett's novel ClayHanger. The story of Darius Clayhanger is based on Shaw's autobiography.

First published in 1903, republished by Caliban Books 1977 & 1979 ISBN 0 904573 04 4

Probably the best way to obtain a copy is through an online( or your local used book dealer.