Wardle & Co


Location and period of operation:

Wardle & Co (Ltd)




  (See sources)

Formerly: James Wardle. 
Subsequently: Wardle Art Pottery Co Ltd

Earthenware, Parian, Majolica manufacturer at Washington Works, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent. 

Washington Works - Hanley : c.1871-1910
Wolf Street Works - Stoke : c.1910-1924
Cauldon Works - Shelton: c.1924-1935

* The company was renamed "Wardle Art Pottery Co Ltd" in 1910. It moved to Stoke and continued as a branch of J.A. Robinson (c.1910-1924) and to 1935 as a branch of Cauldon Potteries Ltd at Shelton.

"William Wardle was a Staffordshire potter. His son, James, followed his father's trade and set up a pottery in Shelton in the mid-nineteenth century. The company was not particularly successful, and it was not until his death in 1871 that the business passed into the hands of his wife, Eliza, who carried on trading as Wardle & Co.

With the help of her family and friends Eliza expanded the export business that her husband had initiated and soon moved to a larger factory in Hanley. In 1885 a new range of art pottery was introduced, and the company moved into a yet higher gear. In 1899 her son-in-law, David Jones, took over management of the factory and introduced new techniques - tube-lining and slip decoration.

Jones died in 1908, and the company was taken over by J A Robinson & Sons Ltd. The name changed to Wardle Art Pottery. Wardle Art Pottery was later amalgamated with Cauldon Potteries, and finally ceased trading in 1935."

British Ceramic Art 1870-1940 John A. Bartlett 

Frederick Hurten Rhead (Instructor in Pottery and Designs in the Government Arts Schools in England), was Art Director of the Wardle Art Pottery in Staffordshire



Initials used on ware for identification:

("ENGLAND" added from 1891) 


(from c.1910-1935) 

Wardle ARCADIAN ware

click below for examples of Wardle marks and ware: 

1881 census details for the Wardle family:
James Wardle has now died and his widow (Eliza) and son (William - named after his grandfather the founder of the business) are continuing the works.

Dwelling: 7 Clive St
Census Place: Stoke Upon Trent, Stafford, England


Marr | Age | Sex

  Birthplace Occupation
Eliza WARDLE  W 53 F Head Burslem Majolica Manufactorer
William W. WARDLE U 21 M  Son Hanley Potter Manufactorer
Frederick C. WARDLE 14 M  Son Hanley Scholar
Ann DURBAR  U 20 F Serv Cobridge Domestic Serv


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updated: 31/12/2002