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Monday, 15 September 2014

Doulton Pottery Head Office





This is Southbank House built in 1876 on the corner of Lambeth High Street and Black Prince Road. The building was the Pottery's s Museum and Art school.for Doulton Pottery in Lambeth, London. The pottery was founded in 1815  in Lambeth but the factory had to close in 1956 due to the Clean Air Act and production was moved to The Potteries in Staffordshire.

The building is unusual as it is decorated with terracota tiles showing off the variety of styles that Doulton produced. It appears to be a very effective way of  advertising its wares.
























This is part of the decoration around the window.





Above the door is a scene showing potters at work.


Above the windows towards the top of the building you can just make out the name Doulton in the tiling.

Nowadays the building is used as an office block for a variety of companies.

Sharing with      Our World Tuesday 

29 comments:

  1. I think I prefer to view it from a distance, but what a history the building has, and it seems a small footprint.

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  2. It is a nice building with lots of details.

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  3. It is an interesting building with the exterior showing so much of what was happening inside. It is a shame they had to move. What is the building used for now?

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    1. it is just an office block but it is a listed building which means the exterior will be protected

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  4. Wonderfull looking building. Shame they had to move

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  5. Built back when there was a craft to building.

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  6. A lovely structure. What's it used for now?

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  7. Wow! I'm getting a tour of London without ever going there. Cool building. :-)

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  8. They certainly aren't building such beautiful structures like this today!

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  9. What a cool building! Such intricate patterns on the outside. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. Very beautiful decoration! Must be great looking building in the corner!

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  11. What a beautiful building, the details are all beautiful.. Thanks for sharing, have a happy new week!

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  12. Such wonderful attention to detail was paid in those days. What better way to advertise your wares!

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  13. Interesting decorative features.....and very appropriate!

    Enjoy your week,
    Ruby

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  14. Only in Europe. It looks fancy enough to be a castle!

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  15. Fascinating photos ~ Love the pottery myself! Wonderful post for OWT!

    artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

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  16. Great photos and the tile decorations on the building are absolutely magnificent!

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  17. OH MY! The architecture is stunning!

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  18. Thank you for sharing this imaginative piece of architecture. Bravo to the designers and builders.

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  19. Such a creative and artistic looking building.

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  20. Oh, an awesome building indeed!! So artistic! My first look at it really took my breath away!! Thanks for sharing!! Hope you have a great week!!

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  21. That is a unique building with wonderful craftsmanship.

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  22. A real artwork this building ! I just saw the Staffordshire.potteries in an "Escape to the country" !

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  23. What gorgeous detail on that building. I am glad it is protected.

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  24. This building is beautifully ornate and well planned in every detail. Certainly a one of a kind building with an amazing history to match.

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  25. That building is absolutely gorgeous. I do wonder why the air quality in Staffordshire was less of an issue, but mostly, I am grateful to have seen this building through your eyes. It is a true treasure.

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  26. I'm lovin' this!!
    What character, charm and most importantly...saved from the destruction ball that USA does all too often.

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  27. I wonder how long it would take and how much it would cost to decorate buildings like this today?

    Nice pictures.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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