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SEVERAL potteries existed in east Derbyshire during the 18th century producing brown saltglaze stoneware, very similar to that made by the contemporary Nottingham Pot Works.
One such pottery was situated near Moorwood Moor in the parish of Crich, where land was acquired by Thomas Morley, a Nottingham potter. A manor house and pot works were erected by him in 1690.
Local clay and coal were available and rock salt was brought from Cheshire.
The ware produced was of high quality, fine section and elegant design and distinguished by the metallic appearance of the glaze.
Examples which have survived include jugs, loving cups, a punch bowl, a monteith and a posset pot. Several pieces are decorated with rouletted flower sprays, beading, punching and incised inscriptions, while double walled vessels have carved pierced patterns.
The earliest known named and dated specimen is a jug in Nottingham Castle Museum inscribed �Crich 1701�.
The monteith, with a scalloped rim to hold wine glasses by the stems modelled in the style of a silver vessel, is extremely rare and is inscribed �Gulielmus Flint, Crich 1704�.
In 1725 the pottery was acquired by the Dodd family, one member Thomas Dodd being described in an indenture of 1763 as �late of Crich, a bankrupt potter.�
The Crich pottery was then continued by George Bacon of the Alfreton pottery.
A posset pot inscribed I.H. 1777 is the latest dated recorded specimen.
By 1780 the fortunes of the Pot Works had declined and the site was used as a brickworks until 1810.

Janet M. Bower has been a local resident for 30 years. She is interested in the history and development of Crich, painting, art history, and gardening. She is a member of Fritchley W.I. and a voluntary social worker

Rosemary Bower sent in this article, written by her mother for the WEA booklet to celebrate the Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.