The Heritage Trust is now the new owner of the Bretby Art Pottery Showroom and we need your help to rescue this important historical building.
Bretby Art Pottery is recognised to be an important part of the Art Pottery Movement which began in the 1870s and coincided with the Art and Crafts period of our history. Being one of the most profound and influential design movements of modern time, the Arts and Crafts Movement was born in response to concerns that industrialisation was having an influence on designs.
The movement inspired many new designers and artists and in the pottery industry these included Christopher Dresser who formed Linthorpe Pottery in 1879. To establish his pottery works at Middlesbrough, Dresser called on the help of Henry Tooth a scene painter who was working in the Isle of White at the time and employed him to be the pottery manager.
During his time at Linthorpe, Henry met William Ault and the pair consequently set up their own pottery “Bretby Pottery” in 1883 based at Church Gresley in Derbyshire. Soon the company was winning many awards and outgrew the Gresley premises prompting a move to the Woodville site in 1885. Henry Tooth not only had a natural flair for pottery and scenery painting, he also designed buildings and this included the Bretby Art Pottery Showroom.
Originally constructed for the display and retail of the pottery wares the building was designed to impress and no expensive was spared on the internal and external embellishments which included a vaulted ceiling with painted panels in the showroom, fine joinery and plaster mouldings.
Sadly, now after many years of neglect the building is deteriorating and if repairs aren’t completed there is an ever increasing threat of the building being lost forever. The building is now one of the last remaining links to the Art Pottery Movement and one of a few that remain in an unaltered state.
The Heritage Trust recognisers the importance of the building to this movement and the pottery industry of the area and the Trust wishes to restore the building to its former glory and establish a new use that retains links to its historical past.
We are now in the process of investigating ways to achieve the buildings rescue and would welcome input from community groups or anyone who is keen to help so please contact us.
To find out more about how you can donate to The Heritage Trust and help us rescue of this important Victorian building go here
The rescue of the building is going to take sometime and to prevent further damage taking place we now need to raise money for emergency repairs including fix the roof and rainwater goods. To complete this urgent work we desperately need donations and will welcome any contribution you can make. All donations be these large or small will be spent on the building itself and you give either by using the methods here or by contacting us.