400 Years Of Glass Making Heritage
There is lots to do and lots to see, around Birmingham and the Black Country. What could be better after an exhilarating day exploring the local attractions of Dudley or visiting one of the many attractions near Birmingham City Centre, than to relax and refuel by an open fire at The welcoming Little Beech pub.
The majority of crystal glass production in England could be found along the Crystal Mile in Stourbridge, part of the Black Country’s industrial heartland, and it is here that Stuart Crystal’s story begins. In 1827, an eleven year old orphan by the name of Frederick Stuart was sent to work at the Redhouse Glassworks on the Crystal Mile, carrying on the glass making traditions of the generations before him.
Young Stuart likely worked in what to us might look like something of an alien landscape, with great brick cones towering up to nearly 100 feet high, and coal-burning furnaces raging constantly, filling the air with soot. Stuart, however, appears to have been undaunted by his environment, and by 1853 he, along with Richard Mills, Edward Webb, and Thomas Webb, formed the firm of Mills, Webb & Stuart.