Poole Pottery will close its doors for the final time at the quay after owner Denby said it failed to reach an agreement with the landlord. Denby said it was continuing to try to find alternative premises for the 144-year-old business. The closure of the shop, which also includes a studio and kiln, will mean 33 jobs will be cut.
A petition by Poole Pottery Collectors Club to keep the shop open gathered more than 4,000 signatures. Sue Smith, of Poole Pottery Collectors Club, said: “The loss of Poole Pottery is going to kill the town, totally. “One million people a year go through that shop.”
Julie Worthington, who worked as a glaze sprayer at the manufacturer in the 1970s and 80s, described Poole Pottery as “the heart” of the town and brings so much tourism to the area. “The town is already on its knees – I think this will finish it.”
She added that Pool Pottery had left a “lasting mark on the town” and that “Carter’s Tiles, which became Poole Pottery, can still be seen on lots of buildings in the town.”
Denby said it had been trying to reach an agreement with the landlord of the property for months and added it first made the town council aware of the difficulties Poole Pottery faced in 2014. Borough of Poole Council previously described the move as “disappointing” and said it had offered support to the firm to find new premises.
We are unable to find out what support the Borough of Poole Council have offered since 2014, when they were made aware of the problem, and what actions they are taking now at this late stage, to ensure Poole Potteries retain a presence in the town.
Poole Pottery was founded by a builder’s merchant and ironmonger in 1873 and has remained at its original site since. Production of the pottery will continue at Middleport Pottery, Stoke-on-Trent, where it has been carried out for the past five years.