The Torquay Pottery Collectors Society is extremely grateful to former member,  the late Brian Thornhill, who lived Nr. Gosport  and bequeathed his collection of Torquay pots to the Society. This was a hugely generous gesture, and  the pots were sold recently by Rendells Auctioneers in Ashburton, Near Newton Abbot in South Devon. This was after TPCS committee member Nick Roberts had visited Brian’s wife and photographed every item , prior to delivering  all the pots to the saleroom, during a subsequent visit to the West Country.

In all some 40 lots went under the gavel, and a total of £1077.00 was raised. After the dreaded auction expenses, a net total of £852.24 has been banked by the Society, which is a most welcome windfall. 

Top price was £120.00 paid for this unusual jug, made by the Tor Vale Pottery (1910-1913) with a stylised cat designed by John Barker.

Our grateful thanks go to Brian Thornhill’s family.


Sunday March 28th 2021 saw our first TPCS Open Meeting over Zoom, in place of the Cheltenham meeting, which could not go ahead due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The Zoom meeting was a great success with 27 screens participating, inclding members from as far away as Australia and New Zealand. The meeting kicked off at 10.30am with the Mysteries feature hosted by Andy Violet, with several interesting pots coming under discussion. There was then a “show and tell” section with members showing their own pots which had a story to go with them, and then everyone was treated to a talk and presentation by Linda Wade. This centered on the Devonmoor Pottery and Linda’s amazing collection of 626 Toby Jugs!  After more show and tell with members’ favourite pots, we went into Liz’s Quiz – a favourite from the “normal” meetings, hosted by Liz Frood. There were nearly 40 questions and members were asked to identify “Places on Pots” from the West Country, the rest of the UK and Ireland, and worldwide. The quiz was won by our Scandy Editor, Andy Violet, with a highly impressive 41 points!  After more show and tell, plus general “pot talk” the meeting ended just before 1pm and in time for Sunday lunch!  The feedback has been entirely positive, and the general consensus was that we should do it again.