W & E Corn

 This firm continued under the direction of the Corn family and eventually became Richards Tiles Ltd.


Location and period of operation:

William & Edward Corn


about 1850  


Manufacturers of earthenware at Navigation Road, Burslem and then earthenware and tiles at the Top Bridge Works, Longport.

Previously Edward Corn.
Subsequently The Henry Richards Tile Company Ltd.



Edward Corn .... "built up a flourishing business, which in 1850, had so far increased that it was transferred to larger premises in Navigation Road, Burslem. 

About the time of this transfer Edward Corn retired, leaving the business to his two sons, William and Edward, in whose hands it took the name of "W & E Corn" and became noted for its "White Granite" and "Queen's" ware. 

In 1890, still larger premises having become necessary, the Burslem factory was abandoned in favour of Top Bridge Works, Longport. There, on the death of Edward Corn in 1891 (his elder brother having died about 1885) the management of affairs devolved upon his two sons - Alfred Henry Corn and the present (1937) Chairman, Edmund Richards Corn."

The year 1891 saw Mr. E. R. Corn experimenting with glazed and floor tile manufacture, and soon the firm as producing tiles on a considerable scale. An important development occurred in 1900, when it was decided to purchase the sanitary earthenware business of Edward Johns & Co Ltd., Armitage, near Rugeley. Of this Mr. E. R. Corn took charge, Mr. A. H. Corn remaining in control at Longport.

From: "A Century of Progress 1837-1937" a publication to commemorate The Centenary of Richards Tiles Ltd.


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updated: 24/01/2003