Copeland and Garrett


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Copeland & Garrett manufactured at the Spode Works from 1833 to 1847 - the works continues to thrive today under the original Spode name.
Alderman Copeland and his partner Garrett took over the business in Church Street, Stoke after the death of Josiah Spode III.

William Taylor Copeland was Lord Mayor of London in 1835-6 and was MP for Stoke-upon-Trent from 1837 to 1852 and 1857 to 1865.

part of the Spode factory - c.1927

In 1840 a Government Inspector named Samuel Scriven visited 173 pottery factories in Stoke-on-Trent.

He placed Messer's Copeland & Garrett in the second class of works: 

"The second class form by far the most numerous, and are of greater or less extent, having from 50 to 800 hands engaged; most of them have been erected many years, and as the trade has increased, so the rooms appear to have increased m a corresponding ratio. Some here and there, upon, around, and about the first premises, so that there is neither order; regularity, nor proportion; the consequence of this is, that men, women, and children are to be seen passing in and out, to and fro, to their respective departments all hours of the say, no matter what the weather, warm, cold, wet, or dry; the rooms, with very few exceptions. are either low, damp, close, small, dark, hot, dirty, ill ventilated, or unwholesome, or have all these disadvantages."

Testimony of Richard Herley age 24 who worked at Copeland & Garrett in 1840:
"I am the clerk in this department (Scouring Room); have but one room, which is used only for drying the ware. I have been in the works 5 years, in this room 3 months; have the management of the men and settle their wages; they are paid by the piece, I am paid by the week. My duty is to examine and place the ware.
They come at 6 and remain till 9, Mondays to Saturdays excepted, when they come at 6 and stay till 6; they go home to their dinners.
The room is damp from the steam of the ware, but should not say the employment was either unhealthy or laborious. We have one boy in the room between 9 and 10 years old; he carries the broken ware out, sweeps the room, looks after the fire, and cleans the engine turning-house: the machinery is distant from the engine; he has nothing to do with the machinery, the men attend to that"

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