Raised in Hampshire, celebrated in Dorset

Poole Pottery was founded by a builder’s son from the Itchen valley

ENTREPRENEURS give their eye teeth to acquire names that are household words. It saves a fortune in advertising, opens doors, gets a smile and immediate recognition, and ultimately sells goods.  But it often takes many years and false starts to get there.

When a forty-something man raised in Abbots Worthy, near Winchester, bought a run-down pottery works on Poole Quay in 1873 he could scarcely have imagined that he would go on to build a business that is known the world over.

The cottage where Jesse Carter grew up, c.1910.Image