Churchtown Farm – Kernewek Restaurant/Pottery – Park View/Pottery Mews

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This page shows the history of Churchtown Farm – Kernewek Cottage Restaurant – Kernewek Pottery – Pottery Mews/Park View.

Back in my youth during the 1960’s there was a farm called Churchtown Farm once owned by Mr Joe Nicholls in the centre of our village, hard to visualise today.

Mr Nicholls kept a number of “North Devon cattle”. Mr Nicholls passed away in 1965, and some time afterwards the Farmhouse was converted into a Restaurant (The Kernewek Cottage Restaurant) but the outbuildings remained on site.

After a few years this closed and the Restaurant was converted into a dwelling. Mr & Mrs Reg Foster moved there, and built Fosters Pottery. The outbuildings still remained. There were other brothers that owned separate Fosters Potteries, one at Scorrier and one in Redruth.

In 1995 a fire in the Kiln Building destroyed the potteries ability to make pottery on site and it was then solely used as a Pottery Factory Shop. Eventually closing down completely in 2005.

Mr Foster then started a housing development on the site including the outbuildings which were also converted. The development took a number of years to complete, the old Kiln building gone by 2009,  and the last dwelling built in 2014. This site is now known as Potters Mews and Park View.

©2016 Derek Brooks

7 thoughts on “Churchtown Farm – Kernewek Restaurant/Pottery – Park View/Pottery Mews”

  1. Thank your for the great info. I think I will keep my tea pot I found at a thrift store in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. I love items with interesting history.

  2. is there a museum of the pottery,I have two pieces a vase and pot cover,they both have the same daisy pattern on,I would like them to go to a good home if there are any collectors at all that would be interested
    thank you
    penny

    1. Not that I am aware of Penny, don’t think they would be a collectors item, as every day there are many items of pottery from Kernewek Pottery for Sale on EBAY. Could try your luck there. Derek

  3. My first job was at the pottery in 1975, I can remember Reg Foster quite well, he was very dark skinned! I only stayed a few months, then moved on to Perranporth Golf Club to be an apprentice green keeper, which didn’t last very long at all! I do remember making the Goblin Teasmade at the factory. Must admit, was not aware of the fire in ’95, as I had long since left Cornwall.

  4. Really enjoyed this article on Fosters Pottery/Kernewek. However I would love to know more about the Fosters side of the family who ran the Redruth Pottery at West Tolgus, as there seem to be less info on the internet about the factory.

    Talking about Seton Pottery Scorrier. I did not know the Fosters family own this factory as well. Well you learn something new everyday.

    Ernest Sampson
    33 West End
    Redruth
    Cornwall

    1. Well if my memory is correct the 3 potteries were owned by 3 brothers, but it was some time ago, think they were all in operation during the 1980’s, not sure what Tolgus & Seaton are now. Only know Goonhavern side of the family.

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