70's ceramic collectors speaker I was asked "what do you know of Ashtead
Pottery?" Replying "absolutely nothing", I learned it existed from the 1920's to
the '30's giving work to '14-'18 war wounded men.
tiny bowl bearing the "Ash tree" mark (a rebus on the name of "Ashtead") for 2d
(pre-decimal), I stated "We are going to find out about this!"
elderly gentlemen having lunch in an Ashtead pub answered our enquiries with "..
you go and see old 'so and so', He'll tell you all about it!"
Pottery's intriguing tales - often most moving - emerged from local memories
but, above all, from the late potters themselves and their families, who became
our friends. Exchanging Christmas gifts and chats with the potters at their
homes in Purcell Close were highlights - plus the pleasure in viewing their
a modest endeavour of only twelve years, unassuming but having the magic
ingredient - "charm", bright and jolly for your breakfast table in the
prevailing "Art Deco" style of the period, so the story of the Ashtead Potters
came to be written.