The 1960s - The end of an era
The 1960s saw increasing competition. Maling's contract to supply crockery
to the London & North Eastern Railway Company was lost to a Japanese company
who were able to undercut the price by 75 per cent. The long association
with the Ringtons tea company ended in 1962.
Attempts were still being made to introduce new designs such as 'Two
Tone' (a two colour design which was aerographed onto the pot - cheap
to produce, but not unattractive). Samples for the proposed Maling 1964
range exist, and show that the pottery was still very much in conservative
mode - re-working old designs rather than going to the expense of starting
Unfortunately, it was not to be. The factory was forced to close in 1963.
Record books and copper engraving plates dating back as far as Victorian
times were sold off as scrap for whatever money they could fetch. The
workers, many of whom had followed their parents and grandparents into
the pottery, were saddened by the loss of their second family and still
talk with great affection of those days.
Today, the Maling Collectors' Society exists to recover and preserve
as much of that history as is possible - while there is still time. If
you can help us, please do!