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Bretby Stoneware, Klondyke Pottery, Swadlincote, Derbyshire - September 2020

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motionlessmike

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The Klondyke Works of Bretby Brick & Stoneware Co were built in 1899 in the village of Newhall in South Derbyshire, only a few minutes from a cluster of other historic pottery works in Swadlincote such as TG Green, Tooth & Co, Sharpes and Mason Cash. From 1936 onward Bretby Stoneware’s pottery featured a mark on the underside with ‘Burton’ or ‘Burton Ware’ as until the early 1990’s Newhall was actually part of Burton-on-Trent in Staffordshire, not Derbyshire as it is now. After producing bricks, art-pottery and ceramic toiletware, the company seemed to focus on stoneware bowls for pets in its latter years and the works were finally closed in 1995.







Pussy bowls





A pair of electric kilns, the right hand one still stacked with kiln furniture after 25 years



Bottle oven. There were even some bits of saggars left behind inside which wouldn't have had any practical use since the 50's.







Some rather archaic looking machinery, a lot of the belt driven stuff must have been well past it even back in 1995











 

Muddy Wader

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Nice Post. Great pics, nice to see there's still stuff there after all these years. Love the effect looking up the chimney. Good work Mike, live long and prosper.
 

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Great stuff, that pan mill is a real survivor from the past.
 

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