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36. The Barnstaple Pottery Kiln The largest artefact in the Museum, and the most evocative of life in seventeenth century Barnstaple, is the pottery kiln excavated in 1987 on the site of the future library. The remains found on the library site were intact enough to be lifted and rebuilt in the Museum, where a … Continue reading North Devon in 100 Objects 36

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46. The Buckland Brewer Tiles You can still see tiles like this built into the floors of some North Devon churches.  This one was removed from Buckland Brewer Church.  The potters in the Barnstaple-Bideford area of North Devon had started making tiles like this by the 17th century, with designs raised in relief above a … Continue reading North Devon in 100 Objects 46

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47. Dragons in the Pottery Gallery The late 19th century was a golden age of Art Pottery in Barnstaple.   Our collections include many highly decorated items, both useful and useless, made by the three Barnstaple companies of Lauder, Baron and Brannam.  Responding to the late Victorian demand for decorative objects, Barnstaple’s Art Potters let their … Continue reading North Devon in 100 Objects 47

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52. The Cloam Oven Most old farmhouses in North Devon would once have been equipped with cloam ovens like this one.  Made of local clay, they were still being manufactured in various standard sizes as late as the 1930s.  The word cloam just means clay.  William Fishley Holland describes how they were made at the … Continue reading North Devon in 100 Objects 52

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57. The Fishley Beaker This cheery beaker was made by Edwin Beer Fishley at the Fremington Pottery.  The Fishley family are well known for their continuation of the North Devon pottery tradition throughout the 19th century.  The bulk of their output was everyday jugs and pans, and they also made cloam ovens, salters and other … Continue reading North Devon in 100 Objects 57

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62. A Lauder and Smith Brick This Lauder and Smith brick represents the life and work of Alexander Lauder (1836-1921), architect, potter, teacher, Methodist and Mayor of Barnstaple. Alexander Lauder (1836-1921) was the son of a lime merchant who trained as an architect in Scotland.  Most of his surviving buildings are Wesleyan Chapels and schools … Continue reading North Devon in 100 Objects 62

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67. A William Baron Puzzle Jug Puzzle jugs were popular in the 18th and 19th centuries and made in great numbers in North Devon up to the 1930s, usually carrying a verse challenging the user to drink without spilling.  This particular jug was made by William Baron at the Brannam Pottery in Litchdon Street in … Continue reading North Devon in 100 Objects 67

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83. The CH Brannam Fire Bucket This fire bucket forms part of our C.H. Brannam collection.  As well as the company’s museum collection and archives we have four enormous machines used at the pottery in Litchdon Street and later at Roundswell.  The fettling wheel, for cleaning off the bottom of finished pots, the jigger and … Continue reading North Devon in 100 Objects 83

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90. The Harvest Jug This spectacular jug celebrates the peak of traditional North Devon pottery making.  It was mended with metal staples at some time in the past, so was clearly a precious possession. Fragments of decorated North Devon pottery are a common find throughout South-West England and are found as far away as the … Continue reading North Devon in 100 Objects 90

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93. Taz's Tiles Barnstaple’s long association with pottery did not end when Brannam’s shut down. Ceramics are still made, both by enthusiastic amateurs and professional artists.  Potter Taz Pollard’s tiles that decorate much of the exterior of the 2019 museum extension are fine proof of this. The tiles around the top of the building were … Continue reading North Devon in 100 Objects 93