1935-57 – The End of the Line

People and Places Discussed and Pictured in Chapter 43 of:

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James Pulham and Son’s business declined steeply during the depression of the 1930s, and the firm finally went our of business c1939.   James 4 had one daughter, Freda, and she and her cousin, Phyllis, destroyed all the company records before moving abroad.   Freda moved to Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia) with her baby son, Michael Goodchild, and Phyllis Moreton emigrated to Singapore.

James 4 died as a result of an accident on 20th April 1957.   Pulham House and the Manufactory in Station Road, Broxbourne, were demolished in 1967.   The remains of one kiln and the base of a puddling wheel were saved, and the local Council erected a Memorial Plaque on the site in 1986.

My grandfather, Fred Hitching, retired c1932, but continued to work on a number of ‘personal projects’ – including some in his own garden – until he died in 1960.


An additional ‘Chapter’ was published each month over a period of five years on this website under the tag of ‘Where? / Site of the Month’, and these can now be accessed alphabetically under the comprehensive ‘Where? / Gazetteer’ tag, so don’t miss those.   Click on the link to see the complete list of Pulham sites described and illustrated by Claude Hitching.

Another link that you might like to refer to takes you to the ‘Press and Media / Book Reviews’ tag, where you can read all the reviews of ‘Rock Landscapes‘ written by professional critics in the National and Garden Press.

To check out the names of the People and Places featured and illustrated in any of the other Chapters, click the CONTENTS link to return to the main CONTENTS Page.   Click here to go direct to the ‘Book Shop’.   Happy Reading to all our follower


A full description of the decline and demise of James Pulham and Son – together with a number of pictures – can be found in Chapter 43 of Rock Landscapes: The Pulham Legacy the critically-acclaimed and lavishly illustrated definitive story of the lives and work of James Pulham and Son.   Written by Claude Hitching, with featured photography by Jenny Lilly.   Published by Garden Art Press.

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