Lower Lane, Fenton,
Bakers - the
family who 'built' Fenton:
Fenton House - the home of William Baker III
Ralph Bourne and his stepson William Baker III
(1800-65) built houses in the late eighteenth century on the higher
ground on the south side of the High Street.
William Bakerís residence, Fenton House, was near the corner of what
is now Glebedale Road and City Road, now Fenton Health Centre
occupies the Land.
|Simeon Shaw described the
two houses in his History of the Staffordshire Potteries in
ďOn the south side of the
turnpike road], are the two mansions of Ralph Bourne, and
William Baker Esqs.
The former is neat; but being only a kind of business
residence is without exterior decorations, the proprietorís
home being Hilderstone Hall, a few miles south-east of
Mr Bakerís residence is spacious and commodious, surrounded
with gardens and pleasure grounds, and enjoying a tolerably
The public spirit and private
virtues of these gentlemen, have been long known in the
district; and are duly appreciated by all persons of
discernment and worth. Ready for every good word and work,
their benevolence has been exercised to discover objects of
commission; and their liberality has been dispensed with
most laudable extension and promptitude.
Almost adjoining are the two
extensive Manufactories, and Mill, of Messrs Bourne, Baker
and Bourne, whose productions are in estimation in both the
home and foreign markets.Ē
- now demolished when the new health centre was built -
The gates to Fenton House
on the corner of City Road and Glebedale Road
The view of the potworks from Fenton House
"Almost adjoining are the two
and Mill, of Messrs Bourne, Baker and Bourne"
photos: July 2000
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