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Waterloo Pottery Kiln

The Waterloo Pottery Kiln was named for the Battle of Waterloo that took place in 1815, the same year the kiln was built. It is one of the few surviving parts of the famous Rockingham Pottery, a complex of several kilns, a flint mill, china warehouses, and cottages that once occupied this site in Swinton, England.

In 1820 the pottery started experimenting with the manufacture of porcelain, putting a great financial strain on the business and almost bankrupting the operation. However, the experiments finally paid off. The products caught the interest of the 4th Earl Fitzwilliam, a descendant of the Marquis of Rockingham (whose stately home is located a few miles away in Wentworth). Impressed with the porcelain’s potential, he lent both money and the family name to the pottery business.


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