The Verwood and District Potteries Trust

The History of The Verwood Potteries

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The history of pottery making in East Dorset can at present be traced back to Damerham in 1260, Alderholt in 1337 and the last kiln closed at Verwood in 1952. The intervening centuries saw over 40 kiln sites in the area of which only two remain substantially complete. Fired in a wood burning kiln with its distinctive glaze, this earthenware pottery is now much sought after. Sadly, by the early 20th century the industry was in decline due mainly to the mass production of cheaper wares by the big midland potteries and the increasing use of modern materials.

For a while Verwood potters diversified into Special miniature pots for the perfume trade which were sold full of scented oils.