The end of a great legacy?

BBC: Wedgwood goes into administration

Iconic china and ceramics firm Waterford Wedgwood has gone into administration after the economic slowdown hit the debt-laden firm.

It's a shame that this should happen in Darwin Year. The great Wedgwood pottery firm was founded by Charles Darwin's grandfather, Josiah Wedgwood I. The Darwin-Wedgwood family was very close, with frequent inter-marriages. It was Josiah's son, Charles Darwin's uncle, also named Josiah, who convinced Darwin's father to allow him to travel aboard HMS Beagle

Having said all of that, I have to say, Wedgwood pottery had begun to look decidedly tacky in recent years!

Richard Carter, FCD

Writer and photographer Richard Carter, FCD is the founder of the Friends of Charles Darwin. He lives in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire.WebsiteFacebookTwitterNewsletterBooks

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