When we left my sister's we drove across from the west coast of Wales across England almost to the east coast where we spent a few days with friends who live in Suffolk, not far from the Norfolk border. When we are staying with them we usually have a day out to visit somewhere in the local area, previous visits to Southwold, Diss and Norwich I briefly mentioned on News From Italy ( here and here) when I was still including our travels on that blog.
This year we visited the charming medieval Suffolk village of Debenham where we enjoyed a walk around the village and a visit to the Teapot Pottery which was absolutely fascinating.
Debenham Parish is situated just over eleven miles north of Ipswich and consists of 3,271 acres in the administrative area of Mid Suffolk District Council. Records indicate that the population for Debenham in 1801 was 1,215; rising to 1,629 in 1831, but by 1901 had reduced to 1,182. The resident population of Debenham, the 2001 Census, was 2,076 residing in 878 properties. Debenham has a very long history extending back to the Iron Age more details can be found on the Debenham Local Website
As you will see from my photos, the village is full of delightful residences.
Carter's Teapots - Collectable Teapots
Tony & Anita Carter set up their pottery in the beautiful village of Debenham set deep in the Suffolk countryside over thirty years ago in 1978 to be precise.
The pottery mainly designs and makes collectable teapots, each one being carefully cast and painted by hand, resulting in no two teapots being exactly the same. On the underside of some of the full size pots you will see it is numbered, relating to the year of design and its production. This of course adds greatly to their uniqueness and collectability. The pottery is known as one of England’s leading makers of handmade collectable teapots, supplying shops and stores throughout the UK with over 70% of the pottery/output exported throughout the world.
To read more about the pottery and see the Teapot they have designed for Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee this year, please visit the Website.
My photos are of teapots that were on display the day of our visit, earlier this year. Which one would you chose? I would have found it very difficult to decide if I had been going to buy one!
My mosaics and photos will enlarge if you click on them, however if you would prefer to view the photos individually, you may do so in My Flickr.com album entitled. Travel Tales - Debenham - Suffolk, also on the following website there are lots more photos of the village. Suffolk Photographs
For further information I direct you to the sources I used myself, Diss - Wikipedia, Norwich - Wikipedia, Southwold Website Debenham - Wikipedia, Suffolk Photographs, Debenham Local Website, and Carter's Teapots - Collectable Teapots.
With thanks to Suffolk Old Maps for the image at the top of the post.