Cumbria Crystal was founded in 1976 to produce very high quality, handmade, full lead crystal tableware. Only traditional glassmaking methods were to be used. Initially the work-force was recruited from the Stourbridge area of the West Midlands, the heart of the English crystal industry and re-located to Ulverston in the south of Cumbria.
Early ranges were reproductions of classic designs from three hundred years of crystal making.One of the earliest, Grasmere, is based on a Georgian design and remains our most popular range. Another, Helvellyn, is a reproduction of the very earliest form of cutting from the 17th Century and is supplied to British Ambassadors Residences and High Commissions around the world.
The Company has remained small and currently employs 17 people at its factory on the edge of The Lake District where visitors can watch our craftsmen and women at work producing crystal in the time honoured way. Unlike all of our larger competitors Cumbria Crystal does not have any of it’s products made overseas or use automated manufacturing methods. Our commitment to quality remains as exacting as ever, with each piece of our crystal being individually inspected twice before being given the Cumbria Crystal assay mark of first quality. Second quality crystal is sold through the factory shop at our visitor Centre in Ulverston and is not available anywhere else.