Aerial view of the Blythe Colour Works, Cresswell

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Description:The Blythe Colour Works pictured at its height. At the time of this photograph it employed over 400 people. The works produced colourations for the pottery and glass industries.

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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Blythe Colour Works, Cresswell
Blythe Colour Works, Cresswell

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

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 ...

Sales Convention, Blythe Colour Works, Cresswell
Sales Convention, Blythe Colour Works, Cresswell

Sales representatives pictured outside the Laboratory Building at Blythe Colour ...

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