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Hines Brothers, Heron Cross Pottery

 

Heron Cross Pottery from Chilton Street
Heron Cross Pottery from Chilton Street 
photo: James Nisbeck  www.jamesnisbeck.com

 

 

Heron Cross Pottery

The Hines Brothers (Thomas and William) built this pottery in 1886 on the edge of the Glebe colliery in Gordon street which in the 1950's would be changed to Hines Street. Good Quality 'Opaque Porcelain' and 'Ivory' ware was produced into the twentieth century.

Around 1907  the company was purchased by Grimwades. 

Pottery continued to be produced until just before the war, when it was requisitioned by the government and used for the storage of bully beef and land mines. 

In 1961, the business was acquired by Frank William Ridge Snr, and it has stayed within the Ridge family ever since. The current owner [2010] is Christopher Ridge, who took control in 1995.

 

Hines Bros advert - from a 1889 Keates directory
Hines Bros advert - from a 1889 Keates directory
Staffordshire Potters - R.K. Henrywood

 

Hines Bros advert - from a 1907 Potteries directory
Hines Bros advert - from a 1907 Potteries directory

see: Hines Bros 


 

Hines Bros plate in the Asiatic Pheasants pattern
Hines Bros plate in the Asiatic Pheasants pattern
photo: blueandwhite.com 

 


 

 

Heron Cross Pottery - looking from Hertford Street into Chilton Street
Heron Cross Pottery - looking from Hertford Street into Chilton Street
photo:   Chris Oldham - 2007

 

an earlier photo of the Heron Cross Pottery with three stories
an earlier photo of the Heron Cross Pottery with three stories
the top storey was removed after a fire
photo: Staffordshire Past Track

 

entrance to Heron Cross Pottery from Hines Street (originaly Gordon Street)
entrance to Heron Cross Pottery from Hines Street (originaly Gordon Street)
Google Street Map 

renamed in the 1950's from Gordon Street to Hines Street,
in acknowledgment of the Hine Brothers.

see: Hines Bros 

 


 

1922 map showing the Heron Pottery on the edge of the Glebe Collieries and Brick Works
1922 map showing the Heron Pottery on the edge of the Glebe Collieries and Brick Works
Thomas Hines' home, Clyde Villa, is shown in blue at the bottom of the map
in the 1950's Clyde Street was renamed Tweed Street - it was later demolished to make way for a new major road 

 

Heron Cross Pottery
Heron Cross Pottery - the railway and the edge of the reclaimed 
spoil tip of the former colliery can be seen at the top right

Bing Maps

 

 


from..... 1907 Staffordshire Sentinel 'Business Reference Guide to The Potteries, 
Newcastle & District'


Gordon Street

(36, Heron Street)

1 Edwards, George, labourer 

3 Finney, Thos. Lewis, miner 

5 Edwards, George Stephen, flatpresser 

7 Hall. Edward, miner 

9 Woolley, Eliza, domestic 

11 Green. Fanny, domestic 

15 Salt, Jos., furnace man 

17 Dimmock, Edward, potter's printer

 

19 Hines Bros., decorated toilet manufacturers, Heron Cross Pottery 

 

2 Wrench, Julia 

4 Prestwood, John, bricklayer . 

6 Cotton, Colin, fitter 

8 Stephenson, John George, miner 

10 Chell, John, miner 

12 Johnson, Peter, miner 

14 Bryan, Arthur, miner 

16 Edwards, Clement James. timekeeper 

18 Jones, Fredk., miner

20 Emberton, Harry, miner

22 Dodd, George, carter

24 Millington, Wm., potter

26 Corbishley, Alfred, potter's placer 

28 Toft, Charles, engraver 

30 Lovatt, Joseph, miner

 

 

Gordon Street, Heron Cross
Gordon Street, Heron Cross

 


 

Thomas Hines, the owner of Hines Bros. Pottery, and his wife
Thomas Hines, the owner of Hines Bros. Pottery, and his wife and 
ten children outside their home Clyde Villa  on Clyde St.
Thomas Hines is the old gentleman in the centre with the beard.

Thomas Hines of Clyde Villa was one of the trustees of Fenton Wesleyan Church in nearby Temple Street

His brother Willaim Hines lived in Blurton Road, Fenton

 


1881 census
Dwelling: 106 Pool Dole
Census Place: Stoke Upon Trent, Staffordshire, England

Name

Marr | Age | Sex

 

Birthplace

Occupation

Thomas HINES 

M 43 M

Head

St Martins, Shropshire

Potters Placer

Mary HINES

 M 35 F 

Wife

Fenton

 

Richard C. HINES 

14 M

Son

Hanley

Scholar

Annie E. HINES 

12 F

Daur

Longton

Scholar

Mary C. HINES

10 F

Daur

Fenton

Scholar

Thomas W. HINES

8 M 

Son

Fenton

Scholar

Caroline E. HINES

 5 F

Daur

Fenton

Scholar

Arthur J. HINES 

4 M 

Son

Fenton

 

Fred. Leonard HINES

6 m M

Son

Fenton

 

Gertrude M. HINES

3 F 

Daur

Fenton

 

 

 


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Grove Road, Heron Cross -  Grove Road and the roads centring on Heron Cross crossroads are ancient pathways- it is not at all fanciful to speculate that a number of famous and early potters journeyed along the track which is today known as Whieldons Road, Grove Road and Duke Street.


also see..

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external links..

www.heroncrosspottery.co.uk 

Today [2011], Heron Cross Pottery continues to make fine English earthenware at the Hines Street site and also houses other innovative ceramic companies. As a grade II listed building it boasts one of the few remaining bottle kilns in the city of Stoke on Trent.