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Pearson's Hash Pot

Pearson's Hash Pot

Our item in October is a hash pot made by local company Pearson's Pottery.

The pottery that became Pearson’s may date from the late 18th Century. William Johnson purchased Whittington Pottery in 1810, and on his death, it passed to his wife Catherine, (nee Pearson). She owned it until her death in 1850 when the business passed to her nephew James Jervis Pearson.

In the early days, the company produced brown salt-glazed stoneware, mainly bottles of various descriptions and domestic items mostly for kitchen use.

The firm stayed in the family until the early 1980s, when they got into financial difficulties and went into liquidation. The last family member to be managing director was Mr S Short.

They were taken over three times, finally by a long-time competitor, T G Green (part of the Cloverleaf group) based at Church Gresley, who closed the pottery down.

Pearson's Hash Pot

Hash is traditionally made from left-over cooked meat and vegetables.

Meals often followed a similar pattern through the week. On Monday, when women spent all day washing, there was little time for cooking and the remains of Sunday’s joint would be served cold.

Hash was often served on Tuesday to use up any remaining meat. It would be bulked out by root vegetables, typically potatoes, carrots, turnip or swede.

Last updated on 28 November 2022