Stoke-on-Trent - Potworks of the week
Greengates Pottery, Tunstall
a print of the Greengates Works in the 1780's
Some of the bottle kiln ovens at Greengates
Greengates Works in 1991
the frontage had partly subsided and was hidden from the road by a more recent building
(building now demolished)
William Adams of Tunstall
1777 - 1805
William Adams of Greenfield
1833 - 1905
"Do not despair"
the family motto
the coat of arms, with a shield surmounted by a boar's head and a knight's helm and mantling.
The shield is bisected vertically, and bears three cats on the left hand side and three tridents on the right.
These are the arms of William Adams (1833-1905), impaled with those of his wife, Laura Eliza nee Worthington.
Whilst there is no longer an Adams pottery, some of their designs are still produced with their backstamp under the Wedgwood Group name. Adams joined the Wedgwood Group in 1966.
|1779||Adams||Greengates - the first large pottery works in Tunstall, founded by William Adams in 1779.|
|1826||Adams||Benjamin Adams had not the artistic gifts of his father, and, having indifferent health, production fell off and he sold Greengates in 1826.|
|1837||1897||John Meir & Son|
|The works was repurchased by William Adams IV to expand his production. It became a unit of William Adams and Company, Tunstall.|
Note the overlap in occupation of the works between Benjamin Adams and John Meir - it was not uncommon for two (or more) potters to occupy different sections of the one works.