The Pennines drift their craggy path down to the east of Stoke-on-Trent and provide some spectacular scenery. Weaving its lazy way through the Pennines’ hills and valleys, the Churnet Valley railway was completed in 1849 and finally closed to regular passenger traffic in 1964. Happily, for posterity, the central section passed into the hands of a preservation group, the North Staffordshire Railway Society.
Moorcroft Pottery designer Vicky Lovatt often uses the Churnet Valley railway to enjoy the scenery, and the more familiar she became with the landscape, the more attention she paid to the flowers to be found in abundance along the picturesque route. From there, the idea of the Churnet Valley collection was born.