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Bronte Porcelain

   
Address : Merebrook Business Park
Address : Hanley Road
Town/City : Malvern
County : Worcestershire
Country : England
Post code : WR13 6NP
Phone : 01684 310888
Web Site :  www.bronte-porcelain.com

ENGLISH FINE BONE CHINA AND HAND PAINTED CERAMICS

 

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Bronte Porcelain manufactures the very best hand painted fine bone china, building on Worcestershire's reputation for centuries of tradition and excellence in ceramic production. All of Bronte's products are made in England to the highest standards of artistry and craftsmanship. Each and every item we produce is unique and can be personalised by our artists to match your particular requirements.

 Fine ceramic production is part of Worcestershire's heritage and identity - having been so for more than 250 years - and Bronte Porcelain is proud to continue that tradition of ceramics manufacturing distinction. Every exclusive item that Bronte creates is crafted and decorated by hand, calling on the considerable talents of the Company's team of artists and craftspeople as well as many other creative specialists. We hope you will enjoy finding out more about our Company and its products, meeting our artists and creative partners as well as connecting with some of the organisations with which we are delighted to be associated.

 

History

Worcestershire has been associated with fine china for more than two-and-a-half centuries. It was in the heart of the city of Worcester that one of the first ceramics factories in Europe was established in 1751, after Dr John Wall discovered the secret of how to create the pure, delicate porcelain that had previously been virtually unknown outside the Far East.

The tradition of excellence that began all those years ago is continued today by Bronte Porcelain. Based in Worcestershire – the home of the finest ceramics for quarter of a millennium – the skilled artists and craftspeople of Bronte maintain that proud heritage, safeguarding the traditional hand skills of their forebears while also adapting them to the demands of a modern age.

Every item created in Bronte's studios is made and decorated by hand using the finest English bone china; from elegant homeware and intricate models of animals and flowers, to exquisite giftware and stunning hand painted plaques. The skill and flexibility of our artists mean that we can create individual commissions as well as limited edition ranges. Our customers include collectors and connoisseurs around the world; and even royalty.

As upholders of Worcestershire's tradition of fine ceramic production, Bronte are proud to be associated with the Royal Porcelain Works initiative. This has been established to preserve the heritage of the historic production facility on Severn Street in Worcester, founded by Robert Chamberlain in 1788, whose period of operation culminated in the development of the iconic listed showroom in 1852, and a working factory until as recently as 2006. The initiative aims to support the skills and talents of the region, creating a focal point and showcase for local artists, helping to ensure that the traditions of world-class artistry and craftsmanship continue in Worcestershire.

We believe that Bronte personifies these Worcestershire traditions, ensuring that the skills and craftsmanship that have been built up over generations can continue to flourish. We hope that you will visit us to see what Bronte has to offer, to experience the history of Worcestershire porcelain, and to witness our continuing tradition of excellence. If you cannot spare the time to visit, we hope you enjoy the information on our website; and that you will consider adding one of our exclusive works of art to your collection or sharing in the special pleasure of commissioning your own unique ceramic masterpiece.

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Featured Attraction


Head for The Heights this year

Head for The Heights of Abraham, the award winning Hilltop Park situated in the spectacular Derwent Valley, just 9 miles from Chatsworth on the western edge of the Peak District National Park.

This "must see" Derbyshire jewel of an attraction is accessed by state of the art enclosed cable cars located on the banks of the River Derwent next to Matlock Bath railways station and the town's public car parks. Simply purchase your cable car ticket, and then sit back to enjoy Instagram-ready views of the geologically stunning valley as you climb to the summit.
TIP: You can save money by purchasing your tickets online in advance of your visit. Go to www.heightsofabraham.com for ticket prices and availability
Once you've purchased your cable car ticket, access to all the summit attractions is free, offering a great value-day-out whatever the weather. Head off to explore 60 acres of landscaped grounds, undercover interactive exhibitions, photography gallery, multi-media show caverns, adventure playgrounds, woodland walks and trails.

You can choose to dine in the Vista restaurant with its stunning views down the valley, or enjoy a snack in the café or out on the terrace with similar breath-taking views. Picnic areas can be found throughout the grounds, and during the school holidays you'll discover extra entertainment like the traditional Punch and Judy show (with a satisfying Heights of Abraham twist) for all the family to enjoy.
TIP: Dining times can be reserved in advance. This is recommended especially during the busiest times of the year. Phone 01629 582365 to make a reservation or pre-order the popular afternoon tea package.
Most visitors are surprised to learn that the Heights is in fact the Derbyshire's oldest tourist attraction. The cable car system has carried millions of visitors to the summit over the last thirty five years, yet it remains one of the latest chapters in the fascinating story of the Heights of Abraham. The Heights first opened as a Pleasure Ground in 1780 when visitors would make the climb from the valley floor on foot to witness some of the finest views across the surrounding area. Almost two and a half centuries later you are still able to wander around the estate with its zigzag paths and pleasant woodland trails. It is easy to understand why the area proved inspirational to the Romantic movement of the period.

As long ago as Roman times, Lead deposits may have been found in the area but it took another 1000 years before Lead mining was officially recorded on site. These impressive mines were active for over 400 years and left behind a legacy of passageways and awe-inspiring caverns. Today, thanks to all that hard work you can follow in the miners' footsteps down the passageways they created, going deep underground into the Heights' famous Show Caverns. From the glow of a single miner's candle to the whole cavern being awash with colour-changing lights, the Great Masson Cavern tour is one of the talking points of a visit to this Hilltop Park. Here, where the Equator was once situated millions of years ago, you can learn all about the rocks, minerals and underground formation of the Peak District. Equally, a visit to the Great Rutland Cavern is well worthwhile. First opened to the public over 200 years ago in 1810, you can experience a day in the life of the very miners who made your trip possible.

Those of an inquisitive mind should make sure they visit The Long View exhibition to see and hear the 230 year story about why the estate has been a favourite place to visit for many generations. On the upper floor the Fossil Factory brings to life fun and interesting facts about rocks, fossils and the formation of the Peak District. Tinker's Shaft SSSI is a spectacular location with a new viewing platform, high above the Derwent Valley and near the exit from the Great Masson Cavern. Interpretative panels provide information on the importance of the site, the natural history, the geology and the labyrinth of lead mines below Tinker's Shaft... directly beneath your feet!

The Heath and Heaven Gallery is a delightful pictorial journey through the Peak District from north to south and shot from the air on a single summer's day. Next to this you will find Through the Lens, a 12 minute film of the Great Masson guided tour, ideal for those who cannot, or do not wish to go underground during their visit.

If you're heading into Derbyshire or the Peak District, don't miss the opportunity to head for the Heights this year and tick this one off your bucket list. The cable car is just the start of a fascinating, relaxing and fun day out for everyone. Keep up to date with the news by visiting the official website for opening times, special offers and details of forthcoming events: www.heightsofabraham.com

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