History of Carley’s Bridge:
Carley’s Bridge was named after the Carley’s that first settled in Enniscorthy.
Carley’s Bridge Potteries is Ireland’s oldest pottery, and one of the country’s oldest surviving businesses. They have an uninterupted history of making earthenware pottery for over 300 years. The Pottery was founded in the 1650’s by two brothers, named Carley from Cornwall, England. Seeking a suitable situation to establish a pottery, their first priority was a local supply of clay. This they found just outside Enniscorthy, in an area to which they later gave their name – ‘Carley’s Bridge’. About six generations ago the only daughter of one of the Carley’s married a man named Owens, which is the family name to this day. The Pottery is famous for its long tradition of earthenware plant pots. Many of the original products which were once made in the pottery such as bricks, tiles, drainage pipes and country kitchenware are still to be found in old farmhouses. The Agricultural Museum in Johnstown Castle, Wexford and the Museum in Enniscorthy have a number of these items on display. The pottery has benefited from the revival of interest in handmade clay flower pots, and the growing awareness of indigenous craft produce as a functional and attractive asset to contemporary life in the house and garden. The unique place Carley’s Bridge has in the traditional craft industry in Ireland was highlighted by David Shaw-Smith’s documentary television programme in “Hands” series produced for R.T.E. Carley’s Bridge potteries is the original and oldest clay pot company in Ireland. “We hope our products will be as durable as our tradition, and enhance your home and garden for many years to come.”