Category Archives: Maling

Maling Pottery Revisited – Great Photos

I recently came across these photos of the Maling Ford B Pottery on the excellent “Photographs of Newcastle” blog.

Maling’s Ford B pottery was established in 1878 – and was one of the largest, most modern potteries in the UK. Highly mechanised for its time, it provided relatively good working conditions for its workers at a time when this was rarely an employer’s top priority.

C. T. Maling invested more than £100,000 in the Ford B Pottery – a sizeable sum in 1878 – and it dwarfed its predecessor, the nearby Ford A Pottery. Ford B had 10 kilns, employed over 1,000 ‘hands’ and was completely self sufficient – from flint mill to onsite railway sidings. The Ford B site was to remain Maling’s home until the company closed in 1963 – by this time under the ownership of Hoults, a furniture removals company.

Today, the buildings still stand and indeed still bear the Hoults name – It’s interesting to see that Hoults still operate the site, which looks relatively unchanged and benefits from what is probably a very valuable location near Newcastle’s city centre.

Useful Websites No. 1: The Maling Collectors Society

Welcome to the first of an occasional series on useful websites focusing on antique and collectable British pottery.

In general, this is a sector quite poorly represented on the internet, so those sites that do offer high quality, authoritative information are worth their weight in bits and bytes.

The website of the Maling Collectors Society is one such site.

The site offers a fairly comprehensive guide to Maling pattern numbers, pattern dates and pottery marks and to the history of the Newcastle-based pottery.

The society themselves have links with several former Maling staff and hold regular Maling Collectors’ Workshops at Charles Allen’s New Castle Delft pottery, which is located on the former Maling pottery site.

If you have already had a look at our own guide to Maling pottery marks and Maling prices and you still have some Maling questions – or would just like to learn more – then I’d recommend you take a look at the society’s website as it is a mine of useful information.

However, if you really would like the ultimate guide to Maling, then it’s a good old-fashioned book that wins the day! Maling: the Trademark of Excellence is a superb and detailed book, written by Stephen Moore and published by the Tyne & Wear Museums Service, from whom the book can also be bought.

Update: Thanks to the Society’s website, I have now disovered that there is a novel available by Tony Boullemier, great-grandson of legendary Maling designer Lucien Boullemier. It’s called Leonie and the Last Napoleon and takes an entertaining and racy look at the history of the family and the events which led to their emigration to the UK.