Work is under way to restore the eighteenth-century pottery kiln situated behind the Luttrell Arms in Dunster. The work, which is expected to take about six weeks, is part of a management agreement between Exmoor National Park Authority and English Heritage which includes capital works of up to £17,000 for the kiln.
The Dunster pottery kiln is a rare and nationally important industrial building made for firing earthenware pottery. From the available evidence it seems to date from 1759 and as far as is known it is the earliest pottery kiln to survive almost complete exactly where it was built. An oil painting by William Tomkins dated 1768, which hangs in Dunster Castle, shows the kiln as part of a group of buildings that were standing on this site at the time. The Pottery House itself was demolished in about 1850 leaving just the kiln behind.
The pottery kiln was…
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