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Thank you for your comment, and apologies for taking so long to get back to you. Unfortunately we do not hold any of the documents that would give us this information as our records mainly date from after the acquisition of JH Birtwistle by the Partnership in 1988.
I was a child when John Bew was resident potter at Maes-yr-haf Quaker Educational Settlement in the Rhondda. When he left for the JL partnership my father Barrie Naylor ( Warden,see book ‘Quakers in the Rhondda’) took over the pottery, and eventually became proficient enough to teach it carrying on until the settlement closed in 1972 . Barrie then opened up his own retirement Pottery in Brockweir (Wye Valley) but thro’ ill health could not continue. I left my job in M’head to carry on the pottery for the next 30 years and now I am also retired and the pottery (Malthouse) closed in 2006. Peter.