Henry Doulton


Henry Doulton lived at Woodlands, a large house with stables and outbuildings, from the 1860s until his death in 1897. Woodlands was one of four large detached villas which stood where Clairview Road stands today. If you drew a line down the middle of the roadway in Parklands Road to the middle of the roadway in Woodnook Road and then extended it down to Nimrod Road that is the extent of Woodlands house and grounds. At the front the house extended out to Furzedown Road; the grass area in Clairview Road would have been the carriage drive.


In 1862 Henry Doulton was instrumental in leading a pressure group to ensure the preservation of the  Common for the people of Furzedown. He was the owner of the Doulton pottery in Lambeth which was well known for making sanitary ware – such as toilets and washbasins – as well as more ornamental pottery.


At the South Kensington Exhibition of 1871 Henry exhibited a quantity of ornamental and artistic pottery, some of which was bought by Queen Victoria. In 1877 he opened a new pottery in Burslem in Staffordshire which employed some of the best artists of the day, both male and female. At this time there were not many openings for talented women; Doulton was a forward-thinking employer.


He was knighted in 1887.


His pottery is still well-known today as Royal Doulton, and there is a factory in the Potteries area of Staffordshire.