The Farnham Pottery, Quennells Hill, Wrecclesham, Farnham, Surrey, GU10 4QJ
The Farnham Pottery is a very rare surviving example of a Victorian country pottery. It was opened in 1872 by farmer potter Absalom Harris, trading as A. Harris & Sons and using old farm buildings which the potters extended as the need arose. They used their own materials and artefacts including tiles, bricks, windows and drainpipes and these can be seen today. Over the years there has been only minor modernisation of the buildings which have remained much as they were when built.
Previously very successful, the Harris business began to struggle in the postwar years and ceased trading in 2000. In 1998 when the land and unique buildings were in danger of imminent demolition the property was acquired by the Farnham Building Preservation Trust which over twelve years carried out essential structural repairs, gradually bringing workshops back into use. Farnham Pottery, now privately owned, is run as a very successful centre for ceramics and creative industries.
Developing the Heritage Open Days 2016 theme of Art and Craft in Farnham, the exhibitions and tours will seek to illustrate and connect the historic industrial pottery of the Harris era with the craft activities on the site today.
The buildings are the centrepiece of the exhibition with exhibits of Harris ware and production artefacts. Guided tours available.
This event took place in September 2016 and the entry is now archived.
The Farnham Society & Farnham Town Council
Date last modified: 25th July 2016 at 14:22