Brownsea Island

October  2019

Brownsea Island was home to it's own pottery around 1875-1885. This was due to the discovery of a large vein of clay that was hoped to be of highest quality. This was not the case however, as it turned out was only suitable for making sanitary ware. It produced predominently clay pipes, the colours of the glazes are derived from salt glazing. This is a process whereby salt is added to the kiln at a tempertaure where it vapourises as reacts with the surface of the clay, creating a glaze. 
Some of the remnant pipes are still visible at low tide around Pottery Pier on the Island. They've be partially reclaimed by the sea and are home to barnicles and seaweed. 
Brownsea has a rich history, and is famously home to the founding of the Scout movement. It's now owned by the National Trust, with a conservation area looked after by Dorst Wildlife Trust.

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