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Report - Bretby Stoneware, Klondyke Works, Newhall, Derbyshire - September 2019


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.



I remember clocking this place years ago, but it was only recently while I was looking through Google images at pictures of bottle ovens (sad!) I remembered it and thought I’d take a look.

Solo visit on a roasting hot afternoon in September and then a revisit to get caked in clay with @raisinwing and @Humpa


Bottle oven looked in reasonable shape from the outside

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The ground floor of the older part of the works featured quite a bit of old machinery that wouldn't have looked out of place in somewhere like Gladstone Pottery Museum

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Belt drive system - probably something to do with slip casting

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Upper floor of the Victorian bit - mostly piles of old moulds

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An old pottery smock hanging over a work bench

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The corner of this part of the works was full of finished product which have either toppled over on their own during the past 24 years or been given a helping hand

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Over in another part of the pottery featured lots of benches and more moulds

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An old potters wheel set into the side

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Down in the depths - a room full of glazed & boxed product, all soggy now

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:rolleyes:

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A pair of electric kilns in one of the newer parts - the right hand one still stacked with kiln furniture

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And finally back outside. Some bowls have managed to 'escape' and work their way partly up the clay bank

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Thanks for looking.​
 

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Baggy trousers

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I likes the look of that place! One of those pussy bowls was dug up on a local tip recently. Great report that, one I'd love to have a wander around.
 

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