20 nostalgic photos of Hornsea pottery at its peak

The Hornsea site was once home to a major pottery producer, a lake, an adventure playground and the largest garden center in the East Riding

It has been over 20 years since Hornsea Pottery last closed its kilns, although the name is still firmly in people’s hearts and memories.

The maker of everything from tea sets to figurines, which are still loved and collected around the world, was once one of the leading producers of pottery and tableware in the UK.

It was first started in Hornsea by two brothers, Colin and Desmond Rawson, in 1949, initially operating from a small terraced house on Victoria Avenue, as hornseapottery.co.ukthe collectors and research website for Hornsea pottery enthusiasts, recalls.

As production increased, she moved to the Old Hall, where production took place in a glass conservatory, as well as to Ulrome, a small village just north of Hornsea.

By the mid-1950s the company employed 65 people and it had to move to the Edenfield Works, the site of a former pottery that made tiles in the mid-19th century.

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By 1974, Edenfield Works employed 250 people and produced over three million pieces a year, with orders for large retail stores in the UK and also for export to many countries.

A second factory was built in Lancaster and was opened on May 23, 1976 by Hornsea actor Brian Rix.

The Rawson brothers quickly discovered that people liked to see how their pottery was made and factory tours became hugely popular – at its peak there were an incredible 350,000 visitors a year – and the “second” shops were selling items that did not quite meet the highest quality control. standards.

A number of other facilities have been developed around visitation, with the site over its lifetime boasting a garden center (once the largest in the East Riding), a lake and a playground picnic and coffee.

Especially popular with children, notes Eastern Constituency Archives, was the adventure playground, with remote control boats and go-karts. There were aviaries, a monkey house, a pet corner and a bird of prey exhibit.

The Edenfield site, in addition to serving a global market for ceramic products, has become a place of recreation, leisure and entertainment for tourists and locals alike and has been recognized as the first factory trading village in the Kingdom -United.

Today it is the site of the commercial village of Hornsea Freeport.

The quality and innovative designs of Hornsea Pottery pieces led to Design Council awards and in 1976 the factory was visited by Princess Margaret, who received a pair of specially designed boxed tankards depicting the Wars of the Roses on which the main characters have been printed. in 22 carat gold.

In April 2000, the pottery was placed in the hands of the trustees and went into liquidation with the loss of around 150 jobs.

Hull Live dug through its archives for this nostalgic selection of photographs from Hornsea Pottery.

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