The Town Mill is saddened to announce the death of BERESFORD (Berey) PEALING
Details of service
19th May 2.30pm
East Devon Crematorium
London Road Wimple
Please find below some personal tributes to the man who was part of the fabric of Lyme –
bushy eyebrowed, a glint in his eye and always smiling.
David Highet – Architect of The Town Mill regeneration
Berey Pealing, who died on the 23rd April 2022, was a gifted
creative artist, potter, painter, calligrapher and also an outstanding
He was a particularly skilled potter, especially in the subtle art of
glazing and the chemistry of the potter’s art.
The Town Mill in Lyme Regis was lucky to have Berey as a tenant for
many years, and will miss his jovial presence.
He and his partner at the Mill, Don, held pottery classes there for many years. Typically
during Artsfest, he would ‘perform’ raku in the courtyard for visitors to
partake in, spitting on the pots to the enjoyment of the crowd!
He and his wife Annie, who died last year, will both be sadly missed.
He was also a very skilled sailor and yachtsman, sailing almost to
the end of his life. He was equally cheerful at the potter’s wheel, at
sea or on the allotment.
Berey will be much missed, especially for his wit, humour and skill,
gained over a lifetime of self-taught study and potting.
The potter’s wheel is a most suitable emblem to sum up Berey’s life’s
work. He was always generous with his skills and ready to pass
them on to the next generation.
Don Hudson – Potter & Business Partner
Berey had been very supportive of The Town Mill Trust over the years. Together with Don
Hudson they set up the Town Mill Pottery in 2002 which has been open ever since.
Berey was very active and vocal in the pottery. Always full of energy with a twinkle in his
eye. Most memorable in his time at the Mill are the events when the courtyard was taken
over for either ‘throw a pot’ or ‘ raku firings’ which attracted hundreds of people to enjoy a
hands-on experience. Berey acted as the ‘Master of Ceremonies’ and delighted us all with
his encouragement of our mayor and the then MP, Oliver Letwin, to spit into red hot raku
pots to help crackle the glaze.
Unfortunately, last year the illness of his wife Anne forced him to embark on his third
or fourth retirement so that he could spend the time necessary for providing her care.
Sadly, Anne died in August 2021 after a short illness.