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When you purchase a piece of Belleek china you become the owner of a truly original piece of Irish craftsmanship, made using materials and techniques handed down from generation to generation. There were three founders, William Armstrong, (technical founder) John Caldwell (provided the land required) Bloomfield and David Mc Birney (provided the capital required).

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Manufacturing is divided into periods, the earliest and most collectable being 1863 to 1890.

Mr Gambon said: "If it's not marked, it's not Belleek.

Look for a mark that says `Belleek' or `Belleek Co Fermanagh'.

If it says `Ireland' then it's the second period or later." He says that pieces from the first period go for twice that of later pieces.

(The flagstone, which gave its name to the area, was destroyed together with the falls during drainage works in the 1880s).

A castle was built at Caol Uisce near Belleek at the entrance to Lower Lough Erne by Gilbert Costello in 1212.It was founded in 1857 by John Caldwell Bloomfield, who declared that any piece with the slightest flaw would be destroyed and this is still the case today.The first examples of this fine Parian china were made using kaolin and feldspar deposits found in the lands surrounding Castle Caldwell. Three stained glass windows were also unveiled in Belleek Church of Ireland in May 2009 to commemorate the founders of Belleek Pottery, John Caldwell Bloomfield, the local landowner, Robert Williams Armstrong, architect, ceramics expert and first manager of Belleek Pottery and David Mc Birney, Dublin who provided the finance for the project. Castle Caldwell Forest Walk lies four miles outside Belleek at the western end of Lower Lough Erne. Lower Lough Erne is home to various protected wildlife, including inland Sandwich tern, curlew, lapwing, redshank, and snipe colonies.Belleek town in its present layout was founded on the Blennerhassett estate during the Plantation of Ulster in the early 17th century.The establishment of the pottery in 1857 saw the start of growth and the town developed further with the founding of a cooperative creamery in 1899, a police station, a courthouse, post office and dispensary.The latter are more usually found on Earthenware pieces.

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