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Buckley Society Magazine Issue Four: Recent Fieldwork in the Buckley Potteries by Peter J. Davey: map of Site 1, Brookhill Pottery"

Brookhill Pottery, Buckley

April 1976

Buckley Society Magazine Issue Four, April 1976

see 28.302 for contents etc




The article contains a drawing of each of the nineteen potteries and a decription, plus various other images. These are entered separately under 132. 2 - 27.


SITE I. SJ 278655

Brookhill? 1750.

Preliminary investigations have revealed part of a dump, some indeterminate stone walls and pottery, kiln furniture and clay pipes of the late seventeenth to mid-eighteenth centuries (Bentley and Harrison, 1975). The pottery includes thrown blackwares, slipwares with both trailed and sgraffito decoration, press-moulded slipwares, mottled ware tankards, bowls and dishes. Bodies range from red through to pink and buff. Many of the blackwares have highly fired dark grey or purp1e bodies. Mottled ware tankards in a buff body with a chocolate coloured slip and finely turned footrings are a noteworthy product.

Finds of clay pipes in the Brookhill area are recorded by Cropper (1906). Those recovered by Bentley and Harrison bear stamps which probably relate to members of the Heys family (Bentley 1976):- John Heys, born c1650, died 1708; Thomas Heys, born 1676, died 1720; Thomas Heys born 1702. (Hawarden Parish Records). The pipes are interesting because they are in a form which is typical of the products of Broseley during this period. Oswald and James (1955,187) state of this type (their type V) that it 'was not made outside the close vicinity of Broseley'. Its occurrence in Buckley bearing the names of local makers is a strong indication of links between the Deeside and Broseley industrial complexes during the second half of the seventeenth century.


The site is now occupied by a derelict house.


Author: Davey, Peter J.


Year = 1976

Month = April

Building = Industrial

Document = Map

Landscape = Industrial

Work = Light Industry

Extra = Pre 1900

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