A new chapter for Hathern Terra Cotta

Its great to see one of the old boys back in town… Originally established as the Hathern Station Brick Company in 1874, Hathern have a long and prolific history. Hathernware established terracotta as a prime building material by the late 1800s.

Jack next to a cornice return block from Ferrybridge Power Station A, 1926 (courtesy of Hathern Terra Cotta)

This seemed like a great place to start my UK research into terracotta manufacturing and I was grateful to be welcomed by David Maddocks when I visited their facility, near Loughborough, last week.

Hathern Terra Cotta started trading again in the August 2009 with many of the old experienced workers on board again. Hathern have an enormous sense of place and passion for terracotta, and although small are supremely confident in the quality of their workmanship. Using traditional pressing techniques they can indeed clain to be the “UK’s leading manufacturer of Traditional Hand Pressed Architectural Terra Cotta & Faience”.

Hathern are well equipped, sharing floor space and facilities within Charnwood Forest Brick’s Factory. David Maddocks kindly took the time to take me round the factory and back in the office together with Geoff Hollis we discussed completed projects.

plaster model - Bury House, London.

Plaster Model - Bury House, London.

Pressing - Florence Institute, Liverpool

Pressed Cornice – Henry Cole Building, V&A Museum, London

Visit Hathern Terra Cotta website for the impressive range of completed projects. Including extensive restoration of the Doulton Fountain in Glasgow (above)

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