From 1949, until the end of the twentieth century, many
considered that Hornsea Pottery had placed this small town
firmly on the map.
Historically, Hornsea had long received
visitors in relatively small numbers; they came to enjoy the
beach and the sea, and when the railway was introduced
to the town in 1864 their number increased accordingly.
Residents of Hornsea were then, as they are now,
ambivalent regarding the disturbance the day trippers
caused as against their benefit to the town’s prosperity.
Over the years, as the popularity of the Pottery developed
not just locally, but worldwide, there was no turning back.
It is a marvel that a pottery ever started at all in Hornsea
considering that there was no locally sourced clay, no local
fuel, nor indeed a sufficiently sized workforce to produce
On top of this, when the railway was eventually
closed in 1964, the town had very poor connections with
the rest of the country. However, despite all of these
shortcomings, Hornsea Pottery achieved a great deal of
success. This is the story of its development…