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Monday, August 28, 2017

Tuesday Cuppa Tea Burliegh At Middleport Pottery

Hi and welcome to Tuesday Cuppa Tea...this week featuring a current English maker...Burleigh.

In 2011  Prince Charles was in Stoke-on-Trent for the first phase of the regeneration of Middleport Pottery, the only remaining Victorian working pottery in England. Hours before the pottery was to close forever, the Prince's Regeneration Trust stepped in to save the business and indeed the history of pottery in England. Middleport Pottery is home to Burleigh, which is still all hand made in England. Among the famous patterns they make is invariably the most popular of the patterns I post on my Facebook page...

This their Blue Calico pattern...

My personal favorite...well, maybe co favorite with one of the longest produced patterns in English history Asiatic Pheasants that has been being made by someone in England since 1750. It comes in several different colors, but we just have pink at the moment...love this teacup trio!

Here are 2 other patterns currently being made by Burleigh at the Middleport Pottery...Rosie's Hens and Victorian Chintz.

Burleigh is a name derived from the original pottery founders Burgess & Leigh who founded the pottery in 1888. The building is being repaired and the working pottery will be open as a museum and tour to watch the process of china being made.

Now restored and functioning as a pottery as well as a learning center and local vendor shops, it has a wonderful museum as well as a fabulous factory shop...

The factory shop is again filled with treasures!

They also have a tea room called Totally Delicious and give tours. The pottery has been featured on a BBC program called The Great Pottery Showdown, but we haven't gotten it here in our area yet...

Photo from the Good Homes magazine show in London a few years ago...and the photo below is at the factory shop...heaven!!!

To read more about Burleigh, the process and what they sell, click on this link:

For more info on the Prince's Regeneration Trust and their plans for Middleport Pottery, click on this link:

I am so happy that Prince Charles is spearheading this project. Prince Charles has been in the forefront of preserving many of England's historic treasures.

Thanks to my blogging frirnd at Parsimonious Perfections I can add that there is now a collaboration bretween Ralph Lauren and Burleigh...well deserved!
You can read the article here:
Burleigh and Ralph Lauren

Thanks for joining me for tea today and a tour of one of our favorite potteries to visit.... I am joining...

Here is the Tuesday Cuppa Tea linky for your tea related posts...please remember that it is SSSLLLOOOOOOWWWW but if you are patient...it's there!  I am so looking forward to visiting you!


  1. I think I'd be in teacup heaven if I could visit that factory, Ruth. How nice that Prince Charles took a role in saving and regenerating the pottery. Thanks for hosting your party and have a great week.

  2. The blue and white pattern from Burleigh is so quintessentially English! I don't think I realized it was still an operating factory. I thought they had all left England. So happy to learn this.

  3. I do love Burleigh and I have one Red Felicity teacup set. I also have a few pieces of Victorian Chintz that my cousin gifted me with. Like you, she prefers the blue but I am fond of them all. I'm so glad the factory was spared! So many fine pieces of pottery and china were produced in merry old England. Another interesting post, Ruth, and thanks for sharing.


  4. I think I rather not visit this factory, lol.. I swooning over this place and I specially love the blue and white calico pieces.
    Thanks for sharing, great post.
    Thank you for hosting this week.
    Have a lovely week.

  5. Oh my!Such beauty!It is always a pleasure visiting your interesting blog,Ruth!Love everything,exquisite pieces!Thanks for sharing and hosting!Hugs,Maristella.

  6. I'd love to tour this pottery factory. I think I saw a Blue Calico teapot at the thrift store a few years ago. Now I'm kicking myself for leaving it behind. Thanks for hosting, Ruth!

  7. I love the Blue Calico... so rich in color and pretty. Thank you for hosting this beautiful party. :)

  8. Oh my - that factory is so delightful. I can't imagine seeing such a place first hand! I love that calico pattern - so lovely!

  9. Ruth, thank you so much for this wonderful behind-the-scenes look at Burleigh! I absolutely ADORE it, and my favorite American designer Ralph Lauren has just come out this year with a gorgeous collection in collaboration with the brand. Heaven!!! I cannot wait to begin a modest collection (hint to the hubby, lol)!

    1. Thanks for that! I have updated the post with a link and mentioned you as well!

  10. How beautiful is all that blue calico! What a fun visit! Thanks for hosting and for sharing.

  11. Hi Ruth,
    I love the blue and white china and how I would love to visit that tea room. All of the china you have shared is exquisite. Thank you for teaching me so much and hosting Tuesday Cuppa Tea. Blessings, Karen

  12. When we were in England last year I so wanted to visit here, but ran out of time. Their work is just gorgeous. Thanks for sharing and also for visiting me at Delights of the Heart.


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