Aylesford bowl
Aylesford bowl (mark)
Aylesford cane-handled dish
Aylesford covered dish
Aylesford cup and saucer
Aylesford flared vase
Aylesford fluted bowl
Aylesford fluted jug
Aylesford fluted jug (mark)
Aylesford goblet
Aylesford goblet (mark)
Aylesford grapefruit bowls
Aylesford jam pot
Aylesford jam pot (mark 1)
Aylesford jam pot (mark 2)
Aylesford jug
Aylesford miniature vase
Aylesford miniature vase (mark)
Aylesford mug
Aylesford mug (mark)
Aylesford mustard pot
Aylesford mustard pot (mark)
Aylesford slipware bowl
Aylesford slipware bowl (marks)
Aylesford slipware jug
Aylesford slipware jug (mark)
Aylesford tankard
Aylesford tankard (mark)
Aylesford teapot
Aylesford teapot (mark)
Aylesford thistle mug
Aylesford vase
Aylesford vase (mark)
Blue Aylesford mug
Blue Aylesford pot
Blue Aylesford pot (marks)
Brace of skillets
Brown Aylesford jug
Brown Aylesford pot
Brown Aylesford slipware jug
Brown Aylesford slipware jug (mark)
Brown Aylesford vase
Cream Aylesford jug
David Leach candle holders
David Leach candle holders (mark)
David Leach miniature slipware tub
David Leach miniature slipware tub (mark)
David Leach slipware bowl
David Leach slipware bowl (mark)
David Leach slipware jug II
David Leach slipware jug II (mark)
Decorated Aylesford jug
Decorated Aylesford jug (mark)
Early Aylesford jam pot
Early Aylesford jam pot (mark)
Early Aylesford pot
Early Aylesford pot (mark)
Fleet of Aylesford gravy boats
Giant Aylesford urn
Giant Aylesford urn (mark)
Green Aylesford jug
Green Aylesford jug (mark)
Large Aylesford dish
Lidded Aylesford Pottery jug
Lidded Aylesford Pottery jug (marks)
Monumental Aylesford Pottery vase
Monumental Aylesford Pottery vase (mark)
Old Aylesford earthenware jug
Old Aylesford earthenware jug (mark)
Old Aylesford stoneware vase
Old Aylesford stoneware vase (mark)
Rectangular Aylesford dish
Rectangular Aylesford dish (mark)
Slip decorated jug
Slip decorated jug (mark)
Slip decorated Aylesford jug
Slip decorated Aylesford jug (mark 1)
Slip decorated Aylesford jug (mark 2)
Small Aylesford jug
Small Aylesford jug (mark)
Tenmoku glazed Aylesford bowl
Tenmoku glazed Aylesford bowl (mark)

Aylesford Pottery

Aylesford is said to be the oldest village in England. The name 'Aylesford' comes from 'Angle's Ford' - the place where the Angles crossed the river Medway. The brothers Hengist and Horsa, leaders of the first Anglo-Saxon invasion, landed in Aylesford in 449 A.D., where they set themselves up as the first Kings of Kent. Horsa was killed in 455, so he wasn't such a cute Angle. His obtuse brother, Hengist, lived another thirty-three years.

After a peaceful four hundred years, Alfred the Great beat the Danes (the score is not recorded) and some four hundred years later the Carmelite order founded the Aylesford Friary in 1240 or 1283, (depending on which book you read).

In 1954, mendicancy not being what it was, David Leach set up the Aylesford Priory Pottery for the White Friars. He stayed for a year, teaching pottery to the monks, and then handed over managership to Colin Pearson.

The pottery is still in production, making the stoneware goods that have made it famous for over half a century.


 

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