Mudlen End continued to grow and in 1977 was registered as a limited company and a larger workshop was built on the site of the old showmans wagon. It was also a time when there was a lot of interest in large orders for the American market. Mudlen End cottages had steadily ‘infiltrated’ into the United States, mainly because they were bought in large numbers by service men and women stationed at the many U.S. airbases in and around Suffolk. They were bought as mementos of their posting or sent back home as gifts.
1977 saw the Queen`s silver jubilee and some models were adapted to have bunting hanging on the fronts, this was revisited once again in 1981 for the Royal wedding of Charles and Diana.
Production was increasing to a degree where it was decided to produce the raw cottages (greenware) in a larger industrial pottery, with the remainder of the processes being done at the Mudlen End studio.
The decoration of the cottages was done by a team of decorators who worked from their own homes. Each decorator etched her own initial(s) onto the base of each cottage along with the cottage number. Sometimes cottages are found to have the incorrect number, or sometimes no number at all, this is more than likely to be caused by the decorator being distracted, maybe by a screaming child or perhaps the kettle boiling !!
One of the events of the late 70’s was the relationship between Mudlen End and ‘Around The Corner’, an American company dealing in craft items. Initially they bought cottages as any other buyer but then formed agreements with Mudlen End which produced cottages and stamped them “made for Around The Corner”. Then, for reasons better know only to themselves, they took the Mudlen End cottages to another pottery and asked if they could produce them. This pottery simply copied each model, presumably by making a mould straight from them, this is why they are smaller than their original Mudlen End counterparts. There is an ethical question regarding this but no laws broken. Some models were adapted slightly but generally they looked the same, although the colours could never be replicated, they are fairly easy to pick out as copies.
This photo of a page from a trade journal has notes around the border made by Mr. Hart .