T.G. Green & Co Ltd - Est 1864

About T.G. Green & Co Ltd

T.G.Green & Co Ltd originally operated from the village of Church Gresley, South Derbyshire between 1864 and 2007.

More famous for their blue and white striped 'Cornish Kitchen Ware' produced from the early 1920's (then known as 'E-Blue') the pottery produced many hundreds of patterns from Yellow wares, Victorian transfer prints, colourful hand painted Art Nouveau & vibrant enamelled Art Deco patterns, Wartime utility pottery, avant garde Retro designs and many well known Brewery wares, employing up to 1,000 local staff at the height of production.

Now, sadly, the old pottery site lays in ruins, the land under private ownership, never likely to ever see production again, the last of the South Derbyshire potteries has gone, although as it nears its 100th anniversary the traditional Cornishware is still manufactured and sold through a new T.G.Green & Co Ltd. 

About the Archivist

Dr Iain M Hambling is the Archivist & Historian for T.G.Green & Co Ltd and has successfully coordinated the officially endorsed Collectors Group through Facebook with over 1,000 members.

Originally a collector in 1991, having spent 2015 exhibiting and lecturing at nearby Sharpe's Pottery Museum in Swadlincote, thanks to a Heritage Funding Grant in 2016, Iain now runs the company's archive office and museum display based on the principles of the Geffrye Museum in London, within a natural setting in Church Gresley itself, currently open to the public by invitation or appointment. 

About the Archives

There are several links at the bottom of this page which include the daily updated virtual Catalogue of patterns and also the Archive Facebook page which is updated weekly with news and information about staff, pottery and the ongoing discoveries.  

Physical: In 2018 it is envisaged that there will be a fully supported visitors centre, shop and cafe in Church Gresley village, just 250 yards from the original factory, in the meantime Iain continually builds the existing archive and is attempting to preserve the Grade II* listed kilns which still remain on the Church Gresley site but are now on the English Heritage 'at risk' register whilst building and recording the oral history of the pottery's life through the last of the workers who live in the village.

Bringing the History to You

Iain offers tailormade lectures and talks to groups and organisations throughout the UK, from a 45 minute introduction to the real History of Cornish Kitchen Ware to a relaxed 90 minutes charting the Complete Story of T.G.Green & Co Ltd. 

Service recognised insurance valuations are available on request.

Contact Iain via telephone, email, or by post to:

T G Green & Co Archives

Church Street

Church Gresley

Sth Derbyshire

DE11 9NP

Event Dates:


February 1st: Talk to Hilton & Marston History Group

February 6th: Talk to Blackfordby (Leics) WI 

February 15th: Talk to Church Gresley After 8 Club

March 6th: Talk to Woodville (Derbys) WI 

March 8th: Talk to Hugglescote Heritage Group 

May 21st: Talk to Ashby Coffee Pot Club (Leics)  

Archived Diary


February 10th: Talk to Coalville Retirement Forum

February 27th: Talk to Swadlincote 41 Club

March 2nd: Talk to Chaddesden History Society

April 5th: Talk to Osgathorpe (Leics) WI

May 8th: Talk to Ashby History Society

July 27th: Talk to Ashby U3A History Group

Sept 9th & 10th: Heritage Open Days*

Sept 16th: Moira Village Hall Heritage Day Display

October 12th: Talk to Burton upon Trent U3A Group

October 25th: Talk to Coalville Ladies Fellowship

*T.G.Green Archives, Church Street, Church Gresley DE11 9NP - More information at https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk


March 28th: Sorry. Archive Centre is now fully booked for visitors today.

April 29th: Talk to Derbyshire Archaeological Society

May 14th: Retired Gresley Employees Lunch & Talk*

June 3rd: Lecture to University of Derby

*September 11th: Heritage Open Days - sadly due to the landowner unwilling to cooperate in 2016, the Archive Centre is open instead on an informal drop in basis for those visiting Sharpe's Pottery Museum and Bretby Art Pottery between 10am - 4pm. Please telephone for details.  

October 11th: Talk to Ashby Civic Guild

October 15th: Talk to Derby International Porcelain Society

December 6th: Talk to the National Forest 'Black to Green' project

* The Kilns Cafe / Archive Centre, Market Street, Church Gresley DE11 9PN


August 1st - September 30th: Exhibition*

September 5th: The real story of Cornish Ware*

September 10th - 13th: Heritage Open Days** 

November 12th: Talk to Rotary Club of Swadlincote  

* Sharpe's Pottery Museum, West Street, Swadlincote DE11 9DG 

** T.G.Green Pottery Site, John Street, Church Gresley DE11 8EF