Famous Potters of Stoke-on-Trent
The Adams family of Potters
"The Adams family descends
from a family of that name owning lands in Tunstall as far back as 1299,
branches of which settled in Shropshire and other neighbouring counties as
generations went by.
Members of the family were Potters as early as 1447. They rose to eminence in the trade in the eighteenth century as Master Potters in Burslem and other parts of the Potteries, working constantly side by side with the Tofts, Astburys, Daniels, Wedgwoods. Warburtons, Woods and Mayers, and intermarried with all of those families, except, perhaps, that of Toft.
They were pioneers of the trade in North Staffordshire, and the earlier generations helped to pave the way for such eminent Potters as Thomas Whieldon (1719-1795); Josiah Wedgwood (1730-1795); John Turner (1733-1786); Josiah Spode (1733-1797), and his son Josiah; William Adams (1746-1805); William Adams (1772-1829); Thomas Minton (1765-1834), and others...."
"Ten Generations of a Potting Family"
Adams clock tower, Tunstall
Other information on the
Some of the Adams works......
Arms of W Adams
from the Parish Church, Stoke-on-Trent
[St. Peter Ad Vincula]
William Adams of Greengates, Tunstall
from the bronze medallion at the Whitworth
Art Galleries, Manchester
WILLIAM ADAMS Master Potter
From the bronze medallion in the chancel of the Parish Church of Stoke-on-Trent. Modelled by Thos. Batty, A.R.C.A.
An alabaster tablet beneath has the following inscription:
"In pious Memory of William Adams (1772-1829) of Fenton Hall, Warden of this Parish 1814-15. He came of a family of Master-Potters and was seventh in direct descent from William Adams, the Master Potter who died in January 1617. Lewis Adams of the Watlands (1805-1850) the third son of the first named William Adams was Warden of this Parish 1842-3, and first Chief Bailiff of the town 1839-40."
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updated: March 2008