& Drakeford (Ltd)
Location and period of operation:
Redfern & Drakeford were china manufacturers operating at the Chatfield Works (c.1892-1902) and Balmoral Works (c.1902-33), in the town of Longton, Stoke-on-Trent.
The business was formed in 1892 by Alfred Redfern and William Matthew Drakeford - later they were joined in partnership by John George Gell Norbury. In 1908 Alfred Redfern left the partnership and the business was carried on by Drakeford and Norbury - but the company retained the name REDFERN & DRAKEFORD.
In 1911 William Matthew Drakeford died, the business was carried on as REDFERN & DRAKEFORD and appears to have been run by Annie Drakeford (William's wife?) and John George Gell Norbury.
The business ceased manufacture in 1933 and the company was dissolved in Oct 1935.
1922 Listed as Exhibitor at the British Industries Fair. 'Manufacturers of English Bone China Tea Sets and Stock Lines for all markets.'
1929 Listed as Exhibitor at the British Industries Fair. 'Manufacturers of China Tea and Breakfast Ware, Morning and Coffee Sets, Supper and Fruit Sets in a large variety of designs suitable for all markets. Specialists in Hotel and Café Ware.'
Subsequently taken over by Royal Albion China Co.
Redfern & Drakeford specialised in tea sets
Initials & marks used on ware for identification:
R & D
The marks often included a rampant lion
printed or impressed marks, c.1892-1909
marks with the addition of "England" date from 1909-33
Location of the pottery works:
Redfern and Drakeford, Balmoral Works,
Boundary Side (off John Street)
'Business Reference Guide to The Potteries, Newcastle & District'
location of the Balmoral Works - Boundary Side (off John Street) on a 1907 map
the green line is the High Street (now Uttoxeter Road)
same area on 1922 map - the blue shape outlines the Balmoral Works
Lower John Street, Longton c.1929-31
Lower John Street ran alongside the Balmoral Works of Redfern and Drakeford
- from the Lovatt Collections -
This photograph shows old terraced housing in John Street, Longton. The John Street area was set back from the Longton High Street (Uttoxeter Road). Notice how close the housing is to the pot banks - the factories where the pottery ware was made and fired.
The housing was amongst the worst in Stoke-on-Trent and was demolished in 1935. The fire Station now stands on this location.
Announcements in the London Gazette:
The London Gazette,
January 28, 1908
Notice is hereby given, that
the Partnership heretofore subsisting between Alfred Redfern, William
Matthew Drakeford, and John George Gell Norbury, carrying on business as
China Manufacturers, at Longton, Staffordshire under the style or firm of
"REDFERN AND DRAKEFORD," has been dissolved by mutual consent as
from the first day of January, 1908.
The London Gazette, 8 August, 1911
In the Matter of a Deed of Assignment for the benefit of Creditors,
executed on the twenty-fifth day of April, 1911, by John George Gell
Norbury and Annie Drakeford, as the executrix of William Matthew Drakeford, Deceased, the said
John George Gell Norbury and William Matthew Drakeford, having traded as "REDFERN AND
DRAKEFORD," at Balmoral Works, Longton, in the county borough of Stoke-on-Trent, China
notice of dissolution of the company - the company was finally dissolved by notice on the 4th October 1935
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