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Report - TG Greens Pottery - Derby - Feb 15

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by ledgehammer, Feb 19, 2015.

  1. ledgehammer

    ledgehammer 28DL Regular User
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    After losing 3 mission locations to renovation or demolition, tried our luck at TG Greens Pottery.

    Doing the rounds discovered that part of the site was in use, and shortly before gaining access we realised that another part of the site was being used, which would have resulted in a complete fail. It didn't seem to be our day, we did a quick last scout around and managed to find easy access with good cover and made our way to the site with careful observation, while dodging vans and a dog that only I saw, Im sure it was a dog ;-)....

    a well worthy explore, although the site has deteriorated, the colours and the archaic style made it a worthy explore...

    History> The original pottery was founded in Church Gresley, South of Derbyshire near Swadlingcote by Henry Wileman in 1790. The small scale business employed around 50 men to produce rough pottery from local clays. Later the pottery was taken over by Thomas Goodwin Green in 1864 who brought fame to the brand name TG Green and subsequently built an empire from his business. In 1871 Thomas Green decided to expand the business by producing white earthware which required the build of new and more modern works.

    T.G Green is situated 35 miles from Stoke on Trent which in its heyday was the centre of pottery making in the U.K. Consequently the factory relied on self sufficiency by employing an entire workforce to produce its own brick clay, extracting coal from its own land and a lime kiln built to manufacture its own lime mortar. Additional to the labour employed in the milling of raw materials, craftsmen such as carpenters and blacksmiths were employed to help in the making of stilts, glazes and Kiln furniture.

    In 1911 the steam powered machinery was replaced with electricity which was installed to power all units. TG Greens made popular the collectable 'Cornishware' range in 1924 which was the shortened name for Cornish Kitchen Ware. The design featured a simple and elegant blue banded white inspired by the Cornish Coast and adorned saucers, teapots, bowls, cups, plates and just about anything that could be used in the kitchen. In 1955 a 30% purchase tax was placed on all pottery products which was to be the beginning of a gradual decline until 1965 when the company went into receivership.

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    best...
     
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    Interesting place, seen it a few times. Cheers for shaing:thumb
     
  3. The Wombat

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    Not seen this place come up for a while
    nicely done :thumb
     
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    Nice! I've tried this place three times in the last 18 months and always been unlucky. Good to see it again.
     
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    nice pictures Tom Jones
     
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    Wasn't sure whether this place was still about, nicely captured! :)
     
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    nice to see this pop up again
     
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    its round the corner from me but I've only been once back in 2008, good to see it again though!
     
  9. ledgehammer

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    Cheers :-)

    turned out to be the saver of the day, a lot of bulldozing and renovating in Derby atm...

    best...
     
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    Still looks like a great explore after all these years, good to see the old gal again!
     
  11. ACID- REFLUX

    ACID- REFLUX 28DL Regular User
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    Better report mate :thumb

    And i won"t even mention the Gay lighting dance this time :D

    Was a very active place when i called down on a weekday, with busy Skip/refuse company thing and a large German Shepard roaming around the yard freely, i decided to bail :)
     
  12. Speed

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    My my my
     
  13. SophieB

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    Any ideas if this place is still around? Someone had mentioned it had been demolished. Thanks :)
     
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    Totally demolished now. There's just the Rottweiler guarding an empty space now ;)
     
  15. SophieB

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    Damn, that's a shame. Thanks for letting me know
     
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