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Dartington Crystal

The story began in the 1920's at the beautiful Dartington Crystal Hall when a wealthy American heiress and her Yorkshireman husband, Dorothy and Leonard Elmhurst founded the Dartington Crystal Hall Trust. Their original vision was to assist the economic regeneration of rural areas through a combination of enterprises spanning business, education, the arts and country crafts.

Over the years, glass blowing skills were taught to English craftsmen, working originally to Scandinavian designs and later to the work of British designers. Many of the original glass blowers remained at Dartington and have been a key strength over the years in developing Dartington Crystal into the leading name in English crystal.