The Verwood and District Potteries Trust

Cross Roads

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The last of the Verwood potteries

The Cross Roads Pottery starred in a film made in 1917 by Charles Urban. The film was discovered in an old cinema in Derbyshire and donated to the Verwood Potteries Trust by Lesley Heywood, Honorary Curator of Poole Pottery Museum. Most of the pictures here are stills taken from that film or locally produced postcards.

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Clay was prepared for throwing by treading it. Fitting the handle to a jug 1917. A postcard view of the pottery with vessels drying outside before glazing and firing Another postcard view of the pottery as workers carry vessels outside to dry. Fred Fry looks out of the kiln whilst preparing it for firing A considerable amount of brushwood must be collected to fuel the kiln. Stoking the kiln, it takes three days and two nights to fire. 'Pans' Brewer takes a waggon load of pottery to sell.