There is quite an interesting history of tile works along the banks of the River Humber. This one was established in 1840, and at one time there were twelve other tile works in the area. I remember walking past this place many times about twenty years ago when I lived and worked in South Ferriby. It looked pretty derelict then, but it was still a functioning tile factory. Today, they still make tiles in some of the sheds, as they did all those years ago. Now it has a new lease of life as a visitor centre.
It was a lovely sunny day when I was there yesterday. Some of the buildings have been completely restored, the factory is on the other side of this wall which is not open to the general public.
The walls have been built by laying roof tiles in a vertical position with a dollop of cement along the bottom of each row to keep them in position.
Old fashioned post boxes refurbished and freshly painted, for sale.
I walked around the back of the restaurant to the Artisan Village. This is a row of studios rented out to local crafts people to make and sell their traditional wares.
Then I came to Natur-ally Yarns and Knitwear. This is Alison Casserly who has been a knitting and crochet fan for most of her life. She buys her locally sourced yarn in it's natural pale cream colour and dyes it herself using plants she gathers from the countryside.
Her designs are stunning, this is the work she produced for her university degree.
You can also buy wool to take away and make your own creations. Alison has a website here.
So, if you are anywhere near the south bank of the Humber Bridge it's worth an hour or so stop off if you have time. It's quite close to the Reeds Hotel which is a short distance along the river bank. If you are walking you can get to it easily from Barton, just follow the river underneath the bridge.
That's all folks, this is not a sponsored posts, as you know I get nowt for plugging the places I have visited.
I will leave Thornton Abbey until tomorrow. Toodle pip.
PS. Car passed it's MOT test. BIG GRIN :o))