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Tuesday 26th May 2020  

Quorn Souvenir China

This type of small crested china pottery was very popular for holiday souvenirs, in the late Victorian times, up to about the 1930s.

These four pots were all made for Quorn. It seems a little odd that the crest used is based on the coat of arms for Lord Lanesborough who lived in Swithland. However at some point, he held the title of ‘Lord of the Manor’, which included Quorn, so this is the likely reason. The three diagonal black objects on the crest are goblets.

The three larger pots are Arcadian, who were one of the most prolific producers of crested souvenir china, rivalling that of the more famous Goss. The smaller, more delicate pot is Carlton ware.

It may seem strange today to think of Quorn as a tourist destination, but Quorn was very well known in the early 1900s, due mainly to the presence of the Quorn Hunt. The hunt had a huge impact on the development of Quorn. It attracted wealthy and influential people both to live here and to visit. Large houses were built as hunting boxes and permanent homes, and Royalty often came to stay. With all this activity came plentiful employment, all adding to the wealth of the village. The large houses needed servants and the hunt required grooms, kennel staff, whippers in and the services of farriers, blacksmiths etc.

Quorn became very well known, and this, together with its excellent rail links, made it an attractive place for a holiday in the country, for all levels of society. Postcards and souvenirs were produced in their hundreds, for people to send to relations and to take home.

 Submitted on: 2013-08-19
 Submitted by: Sue Templeman
 Artefact ID: 1794

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