Stoke-on-Trent - photo of the week

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name plaque for Gosling and Gatensbury equipment

name plaque for Gosling and Gatensbury equipment

"The firm of Gosling and Gatensbury Ltd. of Hanley, founded towards the end of the 19th century, has concentrated on the production of tilemaking machinery. In 1930 F.G. Gatensbury invented a power driven tile press which in 1935, when more than 150 had been sold, was said to have done much to transform local tile-pressing shops."

Victoria history of the country of Stafford vol II


Gosling and Gatensbury Atlas Works - College Road, Shelton
Gosling and Gatensbury Atlas Works - College Road, Shelton

"The company was founded in 1894 and was subsequently taken over in June 1977. At that time we had agencies in South America, Belgium and Portugal. The markets we had, included USA, Australia, Middle East, South America and over most of Europe. (One of the last exports I negotiated was a pugmill to Baghdad University ceramics Dept, of all places!!!!). 
Many years ago Gosling and Gatensbury were directors of Hanley Garage, which became a Jaguar dealership.
Our works and iron foundry were situated at the side of St Mark's Church Shelton and the fabric of the building is still there today." (2008)

Michael E Gatensbury - (the last Managing Director of the company)


On the back yard of the Burgess & Leigh pottery factory, Longport is this old 'dead weight' slip pump which was used to fill the filter presses with the clay slip.

More and more mechanisation was introduced into the factories and there sprang up a number of engineering works in the Stoke-on-Trent area. Some of these engineers designed and patented their own machinery for the pottery works.

The name plate reads:
Gosling & Gatensbury Ltd, Engineers, Hanley-Staffs


Gosling & Gatensbury - Atlas Foundry, Hanley


The company office with Mr H.R.Gatensbury, 
the company founder, sitting there. Also his visiting card (signed)