Verwood was the main Dorset pottery-making area, with kilns here from medieval times. The last pottery, at Cross Roads, in the middle of Verwood didn't close down until 1952, and continued to make plain traditional earthenware pots right up to the end. Their most famous product was the Dorset Pill, Costrel or Owl - a flask with ear-like lugs, used by labourers for taking cider or cold tea into the fields when working.
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