On 5 October 1960, the last hand thrown flowerpots were made at the White Hart Lane pottery of Samuel South & Sons, a family business that had been founded by my great great grandfather, Joseph South, in 1868. The firm had been manufacturing on the site since 1886 and before that in Angel Road, Edmonton. Over the years, the South family had been also involved in brick-making, cartage and house-building. It seemed to me that there should be some record of these activities and the lives of the people involved before such memories and documents as survive became even more scattered amongst an already diverse family and lost forever.
The story begins in the small Hertfordshire villages of Barley, Barkway and Reed and follows the family migration southwards towards London and the establishment of their potteries in Edmonton and Tottenham. For some family members the southward journey continued even further, 13,000 miles away to New Zealand. It is, both historically and geographically, the history of South from Barley.
Ken Barker is a great, great grandson of Joseph South.
242 pages in extent. Printed on 100gsm white offset paper and illustrated throughout with many original photos, maps and various archive images.