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The Pottery, Nantgarw

A Scheduled Monument in Taffs Well (Ffynnon Taf), Rhondda, Cynon, Taff (Rhondda Cynon Taf)

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Latitude: 51.5614 / 51°33'41"N

Longitude: -3.2704 / 3°16'13"W

OS Eastings: 312031

OS Northings: 185490

OS Grid: ST120854

Mapcode National: GBR HT.DVFB

Mapcode Global: VH6DZ.80FV

Entry Name: The Pottery, Nantgarw

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2898

Cadw Legacy ID: GM335

Schedule Class: Industrial

Category: Pottery kiln

Period: Post Medieval/Modern

County: Rhondda, Cynon, Taff (Rhondda Cynon Taf)

Community: Taffs Well (Ffynnon Taf)

Built-Up Area: Pontypridd

Traditional County: Glamorgan


The monument consists of the remains of a 19th Century porcelain and pottery works. Founded by William Billingsley (1758-1828), the pottery had two short-lived phases of procelain production: from 1813-1814 and 1817-1822. The pottery closed in 1822 because of technical difficulties. The Nantgarw pottery works produced high quality porcelain of international renown. The pottery re-opened in 1833 and continued in use until 1920 producing earthenware and clay tobacco pipes.

The pottery works comprised: three kilns, boiler, throwing sheds, drying rooms, store houses, dipping shed, pipe workshop, grinding shed, clay heap and various other warehouses. Adjacent to the works, the Glamorgan Canal enabled pottery to be transported to Cardiff.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of pottery and porcelain manufacturing techniques and processes. It retains significant archaeological potential, with a strong probability of the presence of associated archaeological features and deposits. The structure itself may be expected to contain archaeological information concerning chronology and building techniques.

The scheduled area comprises the remains described and areas around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive.

Source: Cadw

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