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Watts, Blake, Bearne and Co

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of Bank Chambers, Union Street, Newton Abbot, Clay Proprietors, Miners and Merchants, etc/

1819 Company established

1914 Specialities: Potters' Ball Clay, Stoneware Clay, Pipe Clay, and China Clay, China Stone, Flint and Coal.

During the 1960s, WBB under Claude Pike became a public company, and acquired Devon and Courtenay (which had itself acquired Whiteway and Co.), Newton Abbot Clays and the North Devon Clay Co. As a result, WBB became the largest UK ball clay producer with a share of about 60 % of the total. Since 1990 WBB has operated in Devon through its subsidiary WBB Devon Clays Ltd

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