Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Ball clay manufactures, Heathfield Potteries, Newton Abbot.

Heathfield Potteries, Newton Abbot. Bovey Tracey ball clays. Great Western Potteries, Heathfield. Pipe making. Clay is fed on the floor above, into the pipe press (on left) and moulded under pressure. The picture shows a pipe partly removed from the press. On removal it is put vertically on a wooden slab and placed on a revolving table (in front of central figure) where, while turning, it is trimmed and has grooves made at both ends with a comb. The pipe is then stocked for drying before firing.
BGS image ID: P208108
Heathfield Potteries, Newton Abbot. Bovey Tracey ball clays. Great Western Potteries, Heathfield. Pipe making. Clay is fed on the floor above, into the pipe press (on left) and moulded under pressure. The picture shows a pipe partly removed from the press. On removal it is put vertically on a wooden slab and placed on a revolving table (in front of central figure) where, while turning, it is trimmed and has grooves made at both ends with a comb. The pipe is then stocked for drying before firing.

BGS old photograph number: A08186.  Date of photograph 1945.
Heathfield Potteries, Newton Abbot. Bovey Tracey ball clays. Great Western Potteries, Heathrfield. Various irregularly shaped articles such as drain traps, ? section pipes and special bends which cannot be made mechanically are moulded by hand. The photograph shows a mould partly made on the bench. On the floor are several drain trap moulds, two completed drain traps and a curved ? section pipe.
BGS image ID: P208109
Heathfield Potteries, Newton Abbot. Bovey Tracey ball clays. Great Western Potteries, Heathrfield. Various irregularly shaped articles such as drain traps, ? section pipes and special bends which cannot be made mechanically are moulded by hand. The photograph shows a mould partly made on the bench. On the floor are several drain trap moulds, two completed drain traps and a curved ? section pipe.

BGS old photograph number: A08187. Date of photograph 1945.

Bob McIntosh

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