Denton China (Longton) Ltd


Location and period of operation:

Denton China (Longton) Ltd




Manufacturer of bone china at Upper Normacot Road and Chaplin Road, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent

  • The business was established by Herbert Lawson who was a former pottery decorator and wholesaler, he lived at "The Croft" Stallington Road, Blythe Bridge, Staffordshire. 

  • After his death in January 1949 the works were continued by Mrs D M Lawson.

  • In December 1968 the business was bought by John Aynsley & Sons Ltd. 

  • In September 1969 the production of Denton china was discontinued by Aynsley.  

  • December 1971 the company was liquidated - a note in The London Gazette states that 'all creditors have been or will be paid in full' 




Advert - December 1958

Pottery Gazette and Glass Trade Review



The London Gazette
20th December 1971

notice of appointment of liquidator


Denton China was predominantly a manufacturer of bone china 'fancies' - floral arrangements, birds, brooches, earrings, wicker baskets. They also made china Toby Jugs.   

English Fine Bone China, Hand Made by Denton

Forget-Me-Not Earrings 

photos courtesy: Lisa tucker 

Denton China budgerigars and flowers 


Denton China posy 



Denton China Toby jug 



Marks used on ware for identification:


Hand Modelled
Best Bone
Denton China


Best Bone
Denton China


1953 OS map 1:1250
Showing the Denton Works on the corner of Chaplin Road and Upper Normacot Road  



1953 OS map 1:1250
larger view of the Normacot area of Longton


1962-68 OS map 1:1250
Showing that the Denton Works had been expanded to take in
the adjacent bottling works 

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