The famous chimney pots of Poling pottery

Peter's father, Charles Carver, working in Poling Pottery
Peter's father, Charles Carver, working in Poling Pottery
Share this article

Until its closure in 1957 there had been a pottery on the same site in Poling for almost 200 years.

In the latter years a great deal of the pottery produced consisted of flower pots for commercial nurseries.

One of the Poling chimney pots which is on display at Arundel Museum.

One of the Poling chimney pots which is on display at Arundel Museum.

Nevertheless, a significant quantity of ornamental and Sunday ware was still being made during this period, especially the famous Poling chimney pots.

One of these chimney pots is on display in Arundel Museum.

The art of making pottery by hand has remained unchanged over the years.

It begins by taking a slab of clay and moulding it into balls of equal size, 
known as ‘pugs’.

A ‘pug’ would be placed onto the centre of the potter’s wheel.

By applying pressure with thumbs and cupped hands whilst using copious amounts of water, the transformation from lowly ‘pug’ to finished article begins.

The potter’s hands draw the clay upwards to form the shape required.

A pattern can be made on the side, using a tool known as a ‘rib’.

This is how the pattern on the chimney pot would have been made. When completed, the finished article is separated from the wheel by drawing a thin wire under its base.

It is then transported into a board with the others, to begin the drying process, prior to firing in the kiln.


Don’t miss out on all the latest breaking news where you live.

Here are four ways you can be sure you’ll be amongst the first to know what’s going on.

1 – Make our website your homepage at, or

2 – Like our Facebook pages at Worthing Herald, Shoreham Herald, Lancing Herald or Littlehampton Gazette

3 – Follow us on Twitter: @Worthing_Herald, @Shoreham_Herald, @LancingHerald or @LhamptonGazette

4 – Register with us by clicking on ‘sign in’ (top right corner). You can then receive our daily newsletter AND add your point of view to stories that you read here.

And do share with your family and friends – so they don’t miss out!

The Herald and Gazette/Worthing Herald/Shoreham Herald/Littlehampton Gazette

– always the first with your local news.

Be part of it.