The Old Pottery
Building Corbridge Northumberland

The Old Pottery

Building In Corbridge, Northumberland

Old 19th century pottery on the outskirts of Corbridge, previously known as Walker's Pottery.

We've recently stayed in Corbridge and were looking for things to do when we stumbled on the Old Pottery. The buildings are on private property, but open to the public from 9am until 4pm via a pedestrian gate and footpath.

The Old Pottery was originally known as Walker's Pottery and was in operation from 1840 until 1910. The pottery was a small family business which produced mainly firebricks and earthenware, however, they also made tiles, pipes and agricultural wares. These items were made with fire and common clay which came from a clay pit near the site, and was transported to the pottery via a wagonway.

A lot of the original buildings still stand here: there are two bottle shaped kilns, two horizontal kilns, one down draught kiln and a chimney. The two bottle kilns are still in great condition and are about 15m high.

There were a few little nods to the history of the pottery scattered about, and you could see some bricks with the 'Walkers Corbridge' name printed on them.

You can also have a little mooch inside the furthest bottle kiln and experience the odd way your voice echoes around it.

We were sad to see there was no access beyond the bottle kilns, however, there were a few potential hazards on the site so it was understandable. You may find yourself tumbling into the down draught kiln or the fragile looking horizontal kilns might fall on you, so better safe than sorry!

We were lucky to have glorious sunshine on the day we visited, so we had time to sit and have lunch. A fab place to rest your legs, take in the history and admire the views over the Tyne Valley. The sausage roll we had for lunch was from Grants Bakery in the village and was the biggest known to man. Highly recommended.

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There isn't much parking near the pottery, so we parked up in the village car park. There is limited parking in Corbridge itself, but you might be lucky if you visit on a quiet day.

Contributed by Sandra Clemens

I love the great outdoors and have been a National Trust & English Heritage member for years. I also love going off the beaten track and finding places like Sharp's Folly or Rothley Castle which are hidden gems in Northumberland. My favourite recent hike was climbing Red Screes in the Lake District on a whim, not fully grasping how high 776m was. It was still an achievement to conquer a Wainwright walk and I hope to do more one day.

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