Lord Snowdon visit, Blythe Colour Works, Cresswell

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Date:22nd of October 1975

Description:Visit of Lord Snowdon (centre left) to the Blythe Colour Works in 1975. From left to right: Maurice Proctor, Lord Snowdon and David Wells. Antony Charles Robert Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon (1930-2017) was the husband of Princess Margaret and was well known as a photographer.

The manufacture of underglaze colours in Cresswell began in 1870, when a small works was set up by Pigott and Scarratt, pharmaceutical chemists. But it was not until it was taken over by Fred Wildblood in 1908 that the works expanded. He put his son Cecil in charge, invested in new technology and took full advantage of the adjacent railway. By 1914 Blythe Colour Works was one of the most advanced and successful of its kind in Europe. The company became public in 1936 and shortly afterwards, in 1938, a new office block was built. A new laboratory block followed in 1955 and a new pigment works block in 1957. The Works was acquired by Johnson Matthey in 1963 who owned it until its closure in 2015.


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1910s
Blythe Colour Works, Cresswell
Blythe Colour Works, Cresswell

An illustration of the Blythe Colour Works dating from the early 20th century. The ...

1920s
The Wildblood family, Blythe Colour Works, Cresswell
The Wildblood family, Blythe Colour Works, Cresswell

Frederick Wildblood (seated) was the founder and owner of the Blythe Colour Works ...

1960s
Aerial view of the Blythe Colour Works, Cresswell
Aerial view of the Blythe Colour Works, Cresswell

The Blythe Colour Works pictured at its height. At the time of this photograph ...

1980s
Visitors at Blythe Colour Works, Creswell
Visitors at Blythe Colour Works, Creswell

The visit of Stoke-on-Trent's Lord Mayor Cllr Doug Brown JP and Lady Mayoress, pictured ...

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