I have been happily writing about individual pieces of Staffordshire which have come to Mrs. Moore and me from our New England family. It has been a thrilling experience studying the figures and researching their stories in British history and folklore. One of the most delightful pairs of figures is the Staffordshire 1860 creations of DICK TURPIN and TOM KING. My grandmother used to read me the tales of this quasi-historical figure Dick Turpin and his sidekick Tom King who thrilled the imaginations of the British public by their pranks, robberies, and lives as HIGHWAY MEN. I do remember that Dick Turpin’s black horse was BESS who dropped dead racing from the law. I thought it would be interesting for my readers to read a bit more about these two legends who have enriched our English folklore. Fascinating legend, to be sure, captured in Staffordshire pottery. Really fun!
Thomas Moore email: TMooreSr@me.com Telephone: 801.791.9918