|The next bit may explain why Dr Colin Pounder found umpteen odds and ends of pottery. It was intended that I should put the information on the Heanor and District Historical Society's forum but that has gone to ground. Robert Mee is looking to fire up the forum once he can find a reliable supplier who does not require payment for hosting the forum.
These works were commenced about 1825 on the estate of Edward Miller Mundy, Esq, of Shipley Hall, by whom the buildings were erected, in consequence of the discovery of valuable beds of clay. They were first carried out by some working potters from the Staffordshire district, and the ordinary classes of goods in "cane" or "yellow" ware were produced, as were also Rockingham ware teapots and other articles. These were made to a considerable extent and of good quality, but the works did not answer.
They were next taken by a Mr. Waite, a blacking manufacturer, from London, who commenced making stone-ware bottles for his own blacking, and other articles of general use. Eventually, in 1845, the works passed into the hands of Mr. Bourne, of the Denby pottery, and were carried on by him.
The clay at Shipley was of two kinds-one was obtained from the hard seam coal after the coal was worked, at a depth of 250 yards. This was of a beautiful and extremely fine quality, but was of itself difficult to work owing to a want of tenacity. It was found, however, that by using in equal proportions this clay and another known as the Waterloo seam, which was about 100 yards from the surface, an excellent body was produced.
Saline and Chalybeate Waters
At this period the coal mines on the estate furnished saline and chalybeate waters, which were much in repute; and bottles, specially designed for these waters, were made in large quantities at these works. Some of these bottles are still preserved, and are of excellent material. They bear impressed on the side a garter ribbon, on which are the words In me suprema Salus, enclosing the name SHIPLEY SALINE WATER in three lines.
In 1856 the Shipley pottery was closed; the workmen, plant &c., being removed to, and incorporated with, the Denby pottery.
The above was extracted from “The Ceramic Art of great Britain Volume 2” by Llewellynn Jewitt, F.S.A. and published in 1878 by Virtue and Co., Ltd.
I have been meaning to post this for some time but I have only just rediscovered the information. In the book about Coal Mining in the Heanor Area, published by the Heanor and District Historical Society, is an image of Cecil Raikes ( the engine) with a run of wagons coming past Shipley Reservoir. The image shows the level crossing with part of a building on the left hand side. I suspect that this is part of the pottery but I may be mistaken. I cannot remember there being a building in that area during the 1950s. I did have a taste of the pump water from Woodside Pit. This was sampled where the pipe discharged, about 20 yards from the reservoir. It was finger in to the water and it tasted very slightly salty but not unpleasant.
I have a copy of a letter regarding the quantity of water pumped from Woodside Pit. This is dated 28 May 1945 and signed by J L Westwood, Chief Mining Agent. The estimate was around 1,150,000 gallons per day (or 400 2 gallon buckets per minute).