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Hornsea Contrast – A Pattern of the 70s

Still in use today, this tea pot was part of a set I bought in the mid 70s, the eclectic pattern being widely purchased to accompany the bright kitchenware, modernist chairs and paper lampshades available at the time.

The history of Hornsea is interesting, a rapid expansion of the company, partly as a result of sales of this pattern, involved the establishment of a totally new factory in North West England. However, quality deteriorated significantly, accompanied with, at one point, a second shop – a popular destination for Sunday family drives. My set includes plenty of evidence of that quality, some of it, no doubt, purchased from the same shop.

This link to Mr Pottery shows a wide range of items from the set, and a second one on Wikipedia spells out the rise and fall of the company.