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Potted Histories Mugs

Designed by us at The Durham Cow our exclusive ‘Potted Histories’ range of mugs feature fascinating facts and figures about some of the famous and not-so-famous people, lifestyles and locations that have helped to create the rich and diverse history of Northern England and the Scottish borders.

Although the designs are created individually, many combine into topic series like ‘The Border Reivers’ that form a ready-reference of northern knowledge to be enjoyed with a nice cup of tea! In general the idea is to present information as an unobtrusive memory challenge which over time (and a few hot drinks) will allow the reader to better appreciate the unique character of our historic northern countryside.

Designs are printed on premium quality, 11 oz ceramic mugs using a highly durable dye sublimation technique which means that they are safe to use in microwaves and dishwashers. Researched, photographed and illustrated in-house the designs can be personalized on request for a small extra charge.

You can purchase your mug by clicking on any of the item numbers in the table below and following the link to the checkout. Click on the thumbnail in the Design Image column to see a larger version of the design. For orders over £30 shipping is FREE. Please allow up to 5 working days for delivery as some items will need to be specially printed. Business sellers please contact us directly to talk about trade discounts and your particular requirements.

Currently we have the following designs with more on the way:

Item NumberSeriesDesign ThemeDesign Image
MU01-BR-001Border ReiversArchbishop of Glasgow's 'Monition of Cursing'
MU01-BR-002Border ReiversCarlisle Castle
MU01-BR-003Border ReiversMap of the border marches
MU01-BR-004Border ReiversBorder reiver nicknames
MU01-BR-005Border ReiversBorder reiver surnames
MU01-BR-006Border ReiversHow to identify a border reiver
MU01-BR-007Border ReiversExtract from the poem 'The Raiders' by W H Ogilvie
MU01-DS-001Durham SeriesDurham - Historic County Palatine
MU01-DS-002Durham SeriesDurham, St Cuthbert and the Haliwerfolk
MU01-DS-003Durham SeriesPrince Bishops of Durham 1071-1836
MU01-DS-004Durham SeriesDurham Cathedral - 2013 Lumiere projection 'Blue & Gold'
MU01-DS-005Durham SeriesDurham Cathedral - 2013 Lumiere projection 'Sanctuary Knocker'
MU01-DS-006Durham SeriesDurham Cathedral - 2013 Lumiere projection 'Stained Glass Window'
MU01-DS-007Durham SeriesDurham Cathedral - 2013 Lumiere projection 'Construction'
MU01-DS-008Durham SeriesSanctuary knocker and sanctuary seeker's vow
MU01-DS-009Durham SeriesDurham Cathedral & Fulling Mill