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HER Number:MDV58777
Name:Pottery Manufacturing Site at Muddlebridge House, Fremington


Site of an 18th century pottery manufactory on the site of an earlier one.


Grid Reference:SS 522 326
Map Sheet:SS53SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishFremington
DistrictNorth Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishFREMINGTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS53SW/137

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • POTTERY MANUFACTURING SITE (Early Medieval to XVIII - 1066 AD to 1800 AD (Between))

Full description

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV64970.

Keen, l. /jbaa/32(1969)146/a series of 17th and 18th century lead-glazed relief tiles from n. Devon.

KEEN, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV9723.

Keen refers to a relief tile found on the pottery at muddlebridge (keen).

Strong, H. W., 1891, The Potteries of North Devon, 393 (Article in Serial). SDV87986.

The site of the original Fremington Pottery was at Muddlebridge on the Pill, about 50 yards riverwards. Excavations indicate that production is almost contemporaneous with Barum Potteries.

Charbonnier, T., 1906 - 1907, North Devon Pottery, 255 (Article in Serial). SDV336445.

The pottery established at Muddlebridge by George Fishley at the end of the 18th century moved to Combrew where a pottery already existed. No traces of the Muddlebridge works remain.

Grant, A., 1983, North Devon Pottery: The Seventeenth Century, 31-2 (Monograph). SDV337607.

The remains of an 18th century pottery can be seen behind Muddlebridge House, on the site of an earlier one. No systematic excavation has taken place at Muddlebridge but large numbers of waster sherds can be found wherever the ground is dug.

Weddell, P. J., 1993, Archaeological Assessment of NRA Muddlebridge (Fremington) Tidal Defence Scheme, 2 (Report - Assessment). SDV342214.

The origins of the Fremington pottery are unclear but there are medieval floor tiles in the collections at the British Museum which are said to have originated at Muddlebridge. The location of a pottery here is due to the presence of deposits of excellent potter's clay which were described in the early 17th century as 'the best clay for potters' use which this country affords'.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV336445Article in Serial: Charbonnier, T.. 1906 - 1907. North Devon Pottery. Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries. 4 Part 1. Unknown. 255.
SDV337607Monograph: Grant, A.. 1983. North Devon Pottery: The Seventeenth Century. North Devon Pottery: The Seventeenth Century. Hardback Volume. 31-2.
SDV342214Report - Assessment: Weddell, P. J.. 1993. Archaeological Assessment of NRA Muddlebridge (Fremington) Tidal Defence Scheme. Exeter Archaeology Report. 93.42. A4 Stapled + Digital. 2.
SDV64970Migrated Record:
SDV87986Article in Serial: Strong, H. W.. 1891. The Potteries of North Devon. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 23. 393.
SDV9723Migrated Record: KEEN.

Associated Monuments

MDV914Related to: Muddlebridge Pottery, Fremington (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Apr 16 2014 3:28PM