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Ravenscroft Lecture 3rd October 2018

3rd October 2018

“Shiver my Timbers and Daylight Robbery” or from Mansell to Dickens!

A study on the rivalries between the English and French Glass industries between 1664 and 1815

Given by Stephen Pollock Hill

at the Bridewell Centre Bride Lane, Fleet Street, London EC4Y 8EQ

Stephen has been a Glass Seller since 1973, currently our tenth longest serving Liveryman, but has been involved in glass since 1955 when aged almost seven,

He went with his father to work on Saturday morning in the family owned Nazeing Glass Works, whose origins date back to 1612 in Vauxhall, and Edward Zouche’s Falcon Stairs Glass Works.

While researching his company’s early history in the British Library, he stumbled across a remarkable House of Commons Journal entry of the 24th February 1773 in Hansard, which was to change the course of glass making in England.

This, fully illustrated, Power-Point talk, should be of interest to all those interested in English glass, (or French) whether blown or flat, and he postulates the origins of the term “Plate Glass”.

The talk will be followed by a delicious 3 Course Buffet, wine, coffee and biscuits.