Local history enthusiasts inspire students with visit to Rockingham Pottery

Ken Wyatt (left) and Giles BrearleyKen Wyatt (left) and Giles Brearley
Ken Wyatt (left) and Giles Brearley
THEY’RE the pair who are potty about local history — and passionate about passing on their love for digging into the past.

Swinton councillor Ken Wyatt and local historian Giles Brearley, both acknowledged experts on the village’s history, gave pupils from Swinton Fitzwilliam Primary a tour of Rockingham Pottery.

The site near Woodman roundabout has a proud past, having produced internationally-renowned ceramics from 1826 to 1842 — including the spectacular Rhinoceros Vase, which is displayed at Clifton Park Museum.

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Giles is also playing his part in bringing a piece of “national treasure” back to the Dearne Valley later this year as he’s organising a homecoming event for Mexborough-born acting legend Brian Blessed in October.

The legendary film star is visiting Mexborough to unveil a plaque to his youth theatre mentor before speaking to a sell-out crowd at the town’s revived Empress Building.


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