TG Green Pottery, Church Gresley, Swadlincote, Derbyshire - September 2020

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motionlessmike

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Established by Thomas Goodwin Green, T.G.Green & Co operated from the village of Church Gresley, South Derbyshire between 1864 and 2007.

More famous for their blue and white striped 'Cornish Kitchen Ware' produced from the early 1920's (then known as 'E-Blue') the pottery produced many hundreds of patterns from Yellow wares, Victorian transfer prints, colourful hand painted Art Nouveau & vibrant enamelled Art Deco patterns, Wartime utility pottery, avant garde Retro designs and many well known Brewery wares, employing up to 1,000 local staff at the height of production. In the early 2000's the site was purchased by neighbouring pottery Mason Cash before both companies became part of 'The Tabletop Group'. Production ceased in 2007 and the factory and land is under private ownership.

Probably my favourite local site, I have a long history with this place myself - everything from having a job interview and factory tour here in 2001 to getting bollocked by security in 2015!



The roof is failing in a lot of places due to the lead going missing many years ago



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Cobalt blue powered glaze





A stash of intact ware, these plates have had their first biscuit firing and have been decorated but haven't had the final glost firing to fix the glaze



Mould workshop



Colour labs







Tunnel kiln









Medical room



Canteen





Thanks for looking :)
 

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Great set of photos, good to see it's still doable despite collapsing floors. Spent a happy morning here in 2010, and after I exited and wandered down the road, the front door was open and security was standing there having a fag underneath the giant teapot…
 

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Great set of photos, good to see it's still doable despite collapsing floors. Spent a happy morning here in 2010, and after I exited and wandered down the road, the front door was open and security was standing there having a fag underneath the giant teapot…

Thanks mate. Just a shame the top floor doesn't look like it did back then.

I would happily read a book on peoples' security experiences at TG over the years!
 

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Yeah, I've heard a few tales about folk being confronted by them, I guess I timed it right on that occasion!
 

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I really need to go here, I think that every time I see the place...... Its on the post lockdown list now.
Nice report and pics
 

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Gutted, I live 10miles from here, came about 3years ago and got told to F off buy a guy in a green 4x4, came back today ,found it was more secure, found the way in through the bushes but ciuldnt get I to anywhere 😒 sent the drone up but its not the same. Dont know if they have made it more secure or I was being dumb. If any locals of this place who wouldn't mind meeting me here one day for an explore, I'd much appreciate it and theres be a maccy D breakfast I it for you😉
 

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a bit of drone footage....... and in reference to my previous post, i was being dumb :) but still would like to hook up with some one for urban adventures, i'm not after locations, just safety in numbers, especially on city sites as have had a bit of hassle with youths on a few locations, eyeing up my kit.
 

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