A visitor attraction

Hornsea Pottery - Chapter 5

Most people's memories of Hornsea Pottery come from pleasurable visits to the site either as children or adults.

In the mid-1950s, not long after the company had started, Hornsea Pottery began to diversify its business at the Edenfield factory site by opening up as a visitor attraction. Perhaps this was fitting as the Pottery had started out by making souvenirs to serve the local tourism market.

The Rawson brothers quickly discovered that people loved to see how the pottery was made, and the subsequent factory tours became extraordinarily popular. At its peak, there were an incredible 350,000 visitors per year! Unsurprisingly, a number of other facilities were developed around the original tours. Over its lifetime, this included a Garden Centre (once the largest in the East Riding); a Lake and Picnic Area; Café. Especially popular with children was the Adventure Playground, with remote-control boats, and go-karts; Aviaries; Monkey House; Pets Corner; and Birds of Prey exhibition. There were also 'Seconds' Shops for selling articles of pottery that did not quite meet the high standards for export to retail customers.

The Edenfield site, as well as serving a global market for ceramic products, became a place of leisure, recreation and fun for tourists and locals alike, and this is perhaps why the local community remembers it so fondly, cementing it in the town's identity.

Nowadays, it's the site of Hornsea Freeport retail village, and at one time, Edenfield also hosted a popular classic car museum.

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DDPH-9-1-1 73 Pricing labels, nd. [1960s]

DDPH-9-1-3 284 Hornsea Pottery shop (where they sold factory 'seconds'), nd. [1960s]

DDPH-9-1-3 285 Hornsea Pottery shop (where they sold factory 'seconds'), nd. [1960s]

DDPH-9-1-3 286 Hornsea Pottery shop (where they sold factory 'seconds'), nd. [1960s]

DDPH-9-1-3 287 Relaxing on deckchairs, nd. [1960s]

DDPH-9-1-3 288 Relaxing on deckchairs, nd. [1960s]

DDPH-9-1-3 289 At the café ( or 'Tea Garden'), nd. [1960s]

DDPH-9-1-3 290 At the café ( or 'Tea Garden'), nd. [1960s]

DDPH-9-1-3 291 At the café ( or 'Tea Garden'), nd. [1960s]

DDPH-9-1-3 292 At the café ( or 'Tea Garden'), nd. [1960s]

DDPH-9-1-3 298 At the café ( or 'Tea Garden'), nd. [1960s]

DDPH-9-1-3 299 At the café (or 'Tea Garden'), nd. [1960s]

DDPH-9-1-3 300 At the café (or 'Tea Garden'), nd. [1960s]

DDPH-9-1-4 302 In the garden centre, nd. [1960s]

DDPH-9-1-4 324 Playtime, nd. [1960s]

DDPH-9-1-4 327 Outside the garden centre, nd. [1960s]

DDPH-9-1-4 336 The glasshouse and water feature, nd. [1960s]

DDPH-9-1-4 339 The glasshouse and water feature, nd. [1960s]

DDPH-9-1-4 342 Children's Play Area, nd. [1960s]

DDPH-9-1-4 376 Picnic area, nd. [1960s]

DDPH-9-1-4 377 Wild animals on display, nd. [1960s]

DDPH-9-1-4 378 Wild animals on display, nd. [1960s]

DDPH-9-1-4 380 Monkey House, nd. [1960s]

DDPH-9-1-4 383 Aviary, nd. [1960s]

DDPH-9-1-4 384 Aviary, nd. [1960s]

DDPH-9-1-4 385 Aviary, nd. [1960s]

DDPH-9-1-4 386 Aviary, nd. [1960s]

DDPH-9-1-1 4 387 Aviary, nd. [1960s]

DDPH-9-1-4 392 At the Aviary, nd. [1960s]

DDPH-9-1-4 393 Exploring the gardens, nd. [1960s]

DDPH-9-1-4 394 Exploring the gardens, nd. [1960s]

DDPH-9-1-4 395 Looking in the birdhouse, nd. [1960s]

DDPH-9-1-4 397 Playing at the Aviary, nd. [1960s]

DDPH-9-1-4 398 The Aviary, nd. [1960s]

DDPH-9-1-4 399 Feeding the goats, nd. [1960s]

DDPH-9-1-5 409 At the entrance, nd. [1960s]

DDPH-9-1-4 414 The path to the attractions, nd. [1960s]

DDPH-9-1-7 624 Decorative water feature, nd. [1960s]

DDPH-9-1-7 631 Garden centre, nd. [1960s]

DDPH-9-1-10 951 Relaxing near the glasshouse, nd. [1960s]