Cumbria Crystal as used in the wonderful period drama Downton Abbey 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.