Set of three graduating Govancroft Scottish stoneware pink and mauve ribbed lustre jugs in lovely condition 16.5cms, 11cms and 8.5cms high, unpacke weight of 1120 grammes.
Govancroft Pottery was based in Glasgow, Scotland. The “Potteries” on London Road at Potter Street was built for the Tollcross Housing Association in the 1990s. The housing complex takes its names from Govancroft Potteries Ltd which was sited there until c. 1981. These works started in 1911 and used to produce stoneware and jolleyed ware for ginger beer, jam, ink and stout, as well as pottery wares for the chemical industry.
After the Second World war a new tunnel kiln was installed which led to production being concentrated on jugs for the whisky industry – latterly including nearby Long John. A fire in 1954 destroyed most of the potteries, but it eventually revived. By the 1990s, the main product was the whisky flagon.
In its early days the clay was brought up the west coast in ships as ballast and was trundled out to the potteries from Queen’s Dock, Princes’ Dock and Shieldhall in two wheel carts. It was said that it was obvious when a new load had arrived as there was a trail of clay all the way along the route!
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