The Doulton's Pottery Building, Black Prince Road, Lambeth

The surviving part of the Doulton's pottery factory in Lambeth is a short walk (on the other side of the river) from the first Tate Gallery (Tate Britain) or from Westminster Bridge. Black Prince Road runs south from the Albert Embankment, and the former Doulton factory is no. 28, on the corner with Lambeth High Street.

What survives is a single corner block, most ornate at the actual corner, where the entrance was. To my mind, this is one of the most excellent example of terra cotta work in London. A round steeple protrudes from the corner of an Italianate tower. Complex designs in red, pink, and orangeish shades of terra cotta encrust this corner, with scrolling, dark blue tiles with flower and semi-abstract patterns, and blue half-spheres. Above the closed-off entrance is a sculptured plaque by George Tinworth, quite characteristic and a change from his religious work, of potters and traders at work, signed GT.

The side of the building down Black Prince Road is less ornate, but high up are Gargoylic dragons, and there is a degree of polychromy and some sculptured details - pillars and ideal heads in niches.

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