Pottery Cottage is a traditional timber frame and stone cottage on the road from Clyro to Hay-on-Wye.
In the 1960s Adam Dworski set up home and his Wye Pottery in a pair of cottages then known as 1 & 2 The Village. They were later renamed Pottery Cottage in his honour.
Clyro is a small village, most famous for the Victorian clergyman and diarist, Francis Kilvert. He was curate at St Mary’s Church in the village from 1965-1972. In the late 1930s-early 1940s sections of his diaries were edited by William Plomer and published by Jonathan Cape.
Pottery Cottage, like several properties in the village, was once part of the Baskerville estate, or Clyro Court. The cottage is situated under the tump, a tree-covered hilly mound that was the site of a 13th century castle.
Pottery Cottage is one from Hay-on-Wye, the well-known and ‘town of books’. The River Wye is a short walk from the cottage, and the cottage is well situated for exploring the Black Mountains, Radnorshire hills, and the Brecon Beacons National Park. The Offa’s Dyke path and the Wye Valley path are nearby.
Under the Tump: Sketches of Real Life on the Welsh Borders, by Oliver Balch is published by Faber & Faber. (That’s Pottery Cottage on the cover!).