Fifty years ago this April, a major part of the local business community closed its doors for the last time, after over a hundred years. That was the end of the Haskins Pottery, made in Warmley on a site only a stone’s throw from Kingswood Heritage Museum.

But you won’t be likely to drink your tea from any of the factory’s products, because the business made pipes and other items for commercial and industrial uses. The clay was fired in huge furnaces, and the best known, built in 1912 and shown in the attached photo, was named “Titanic”, after as the famous liner.

Kingswood Heritage Museum is privileged to open its new season with a display about the Haskins firm. The exhibition features not only the products of the business, including its very last pipe of millions (pictured in the attached photo), but also memories of the people who worked there.

The Museum opened for its 2017 season on 1 April, and then on Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays until 28 November from 2.00pm until 5.00pm, and on Bank Holidays between 11.00am and 5.00pm.

Kingswood Heritage Museum is located in the former Champion Brass Works, at Tower Lane, Warmley, BS30 8XT, just off Avon Ring Road (Cadbury Heath exit). Buses 19, 19A, 42 and 43 stop nearby.

 

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