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Thompson

Collection name:  Thompson
Collector: Richard Thompson
Accession number: LIVNP 2012.03

Dr Richard Thompson, a senior entomologist from the Natural History Museum, London, has kindly donated his collection of pipes to the NPA.  Richard’s father was gardener at the Bishop’s Palace in Salisbury during the 1940s (now a school) and the collection started with pieces collected from the palace grounds while he was growing up.   The collection includes small groups of pipes from a wide range of places in England, ranging from Oxfordshire, Leicestershire and Yorkshire in Midlands and North to Hereford, Bristol and Devon in the west and Wiltshire, Hampshire and Surrey in the south. 

The largest groups of provenanced pipes, however, come from London and include material from the Thames as well as finds collected by Martin Brendall, some of whose pipes also ended up in the Elkins Collection (see Elkins).  The collection contains a number of marked and decorated pieces as well as about 20 complete Victorian pipes and a similar number of twentieth century examples made by Pollock’s of Manchester.  There are just over 360 pipes in the collection as a whole, including around 150 marked examples, which are split about equally between stamped and moulded marks. 

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