Ridgway Potteries Ltd






 

Location and period of operation:

Ridgway Potteries Ltd

various works

Feb 1955

1964

 (See sources)

Earthenware Manufacturer - Formerly Ridgway & Adderley Ltd and Booths & Colclough Ltd

On January 1st 1955 continued with Booths & Colclough's Ltd as "Ridgway, Adderley, Booths & Colcloughs Ltd" and then renamed Ridgway Potteries Ltd from Feb 28th 1955. 

One of the largest pottery combines in existence, eight factories comprised the group, the oldest of which is Booths, which was already established in the eighteenth century as producers of high-grade earthenware.

Potteries in the Ridgway Group included:

Booths, Church Bank Pottery, Tunstall.
Colcloughs, Regent Works, Longton
Paladin Works, Fenton
North Staffordshire Pottery, Cobridge
(previously the Globe Pottery)
Portland Pottery, Cobridge
Bedford Works, Shelton
Adderly Floral China, Longton
Gainsborough Works Longton

Ash Hall - the headquarters of Ridgway Potteries Ltd
Ash Hall - the headquarters of Ridgway Potteries Ltd

on Ash Hall

 

1956 Article on Ridgway Potteries Ltd

1955 advert for Ridgways, 1955 article on Ridgways.

 


many of the original marks and names continued to be used


example of the basic Ridgway mark
(introduced by Ridgways (Bedford Works) Ltd)
and continued to be used c.1955-62


"Standard" Ridgway mark - used for ware produced at
the Portland Works, Cobridge


The following marks were used by Ridgway's
associate potteries
1962-64

Royal Adderley
Ridgway Potteries Ltd
Royal Adderley
"Alberta Tartan" is the pattern name

Royal Adderley
Ridgway Potteries Ltd
Royal Adderley

1964

"Maple Leaf Tartan" is the pattern name

 

Colclough
Colclough
a product of Ridgway Potteries Ltd

Royal Vale
Royal Vale
a product of Ridgway Potteries Ltd

 


The following marks were previously  used
by the North Staffordshire Pottery Co Ltd:

VITROCK
Ridgway Potteries Ltd
VITROCK
Strong as a rock

 


The following marks were used by the main
"Ridgway Potteries Ltd" company
1962-64

 


Ridgway of Staffordshire
"Queenston" is the pattern name
"HERITAGE" is the series name


Ridgway Potteries Ltd
Made in Staffordshire
"HOMEMAKER" is the style name


Ridgway 
Made in Staffordshire England
"White Mist" is the pattern name


SR
Ridgway 
IRONSTONE
Staffordshire 
England
"Canterbury" is the pattern name

 



BLUE LILLY 
SR
made in
Staffordshire
England
IRONSTONE 

The Potteries Museum comments on this mark:- 

"We have a handwritten note in our edition of Godden stating "SR with lion on each side and crown on top.  Ridgways".  Unfortunately, there is no note to explain this.  I have to say that the mark looks recent, and not particularly like at Staffordshire mark.  However, it could have been a late Ridgways production for the American market."

This comment, coupled with the previous Ridgway mark which has "SR" at the top and also is marked "IRONSTONE" seems to support Ridgway Potteries as the maker.


 


  

The above information may not be available
for all potters - if you have information to
help complete the records then I would be
happy to include it.

email: Steve Birks

updated: 25 January 2005