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I won’t drone on about this history of the former Nile Street pottery works of Royal Doulton as they were demolished several years ago now. A couple of the original workshops were due to be kept and converted, but a large fire ended that idea and they too were demolished in 2014. The last remaining building on the site is the factory shop & labs which have escaped being flattened for some reason, despite not having any kind of listed status.
For an excellent example of what the Royal Doulton site was like in its day then this report by @dweeb is well worth your time;
Being interested in the ceramics industry I thought that this place might be worth a look seeing as I was already in the area. The factory shop itself is situated on the ground floor and is quite easily accessed and as a result is completely battered inside and not really worth a picture. The upper floors however were (from what I can gather) used as the sites' ‘Central Testing Laboratory’ and were well worth the extra effort to see. They featured a scaled down version of everything you’d expect to find in a full size pottery works; tiny electric kilns, moulds, workshops and various finished products.
Art deco styled shop front
Like I said, the shop itself was blitzed, so we go straight up to the labs on the upper floors.
Some kind of workshop
With its own miniature electric kiln
An office in a side room next to the workshop
A cupboard full of tiny moulds
Another workshop area
Conference room, the floor in here is rapidly giving up the ghost
And the obligatory shot of a pile of finished ware
Thanks for looking
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