A doomed pottery
This, I believe, was the reason why the Pottery survived until 1913, despite the overwhelming competition from Staffordshire. Production of flowerpots for the Bishop's glasshouses and chimney pots helped the cash flow, but it was the more specialised pieces that kept the enterprise in business.
'It helped the household budget of many local families.'
The Pottery also gave a limited opportunity for women to find work - few servants were employed in mining communities, and local employment for girls and women was otherwise scarce. It helped the household budget of many local families.
There is some evidence that larger quantities of earthenware products were exported further afield in crates and that Coundon Station which opened in 1885 was used as a depot for returning empties.
I wrote up my findings as an article for the Durham County Local History Society Bulletin, and am fully satisfied that I achieved the targets laid out when starting this project. There are obviously still gaps to be filled in, but local historians soon become aware that total recovery of a story from the past is not always possible either because of limited, or missing, source material.
However, I am proud to have been involved with recording the chronicle of this little-known industrial endeavour, and hope that the Canney Hill Pottery can now take its well-earned place in history.