CORNISHWARE - SIDE PLATES (SET OF 4) 7 INCHES (18CM)
The story of how Thomas Goodwin Green founded the first Cornishware factory in the late 19th Century is a rather charming one. It all begins with a tale of unrequited love. After Thomas faced a rejected proposal from Mary Tenniel (sister of the illustrator of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ John Tenniel), he took his broken heart out to Australia. In an attempt of self-betterment for her favour he built up a successful business as a builder. A little later, Mary indeed had a change of heart. When Thomas caught wind of such changed affections in a letter from his sister, he swiftly sold his business, returned to Britain, and the two were married in 1862. During their honeymoon in Scarborough, after a chance encounter they acquired a small yet charming craft pottery at Church Gresley – the very same church on the backstamp if you look under any of our wares. Thomas set to work. His Australian building skills proved invaluable; problems of the swampy ground were eradicated, and eventually later in 1871 he set up an entirely new factory adjacent to original site.
Made in our UK pottery, the Yellow collection will brighten up any kitchen or table. Our side plates are great for serving freshly baked bread alongside dinner, or cheese and biscuits afterwards. And remember, we have some lovely main plates available in our shop to go with them.