The Whitefriars Glass Company operated a small glassworks behind Fleet Street from the 17th century, part of the dense network of artisans and industry that made up the City of London. In 1834, London wine merchant James Powell purchased the glassworks, and as the 19th century went on James Powell and Sons became famous, first in London and then across the world. Expanding beyond traditionally-made glass vessels, Whitefriars pioneered innovative styles of glass making, becoming a byword for affordable luxury. They became well known for their stained-glass windows: you can still see examples of these all over London, in many churches and public buildings.
In 1923, James Powell and Sons opened a new glass factory in Wealdstone. This move is the reason that Headstone Manor now has James Powell's book of sketches and design in its collections.
The Museum of London's collection of Whitefriars glass captures over two hundred years of creativity and craftsmanship. James Powell's design book from the Headstone Manor collection reveals some of the inspiration
You can see many of the results of many of these fantastic designs at whitefriars.glass, created by Headstone Manor. Look out for more articles on the Museum of London website that explore these amazing connections later in February 2020.
This partnership was supported using public funding from Arts Council England.