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Clementsons - Phoenix Works, Broad Street, Hanley
Originally Broad Street was called High Street, Shelton.


  • In 1820 Joseph Clementson was apprenticed to J. & W. Ridgway.

  • The Phoenix Works was established in 1832 by Jonah Reed and Joseph Clementson as Read & Clementson.

  • c.1836 the business was Reed, Clementson & Anderson. 

  • In 1839 Joseph Clementson became the sole proprietor of the Phoenix Works which he enlarged in 1845.

  • In 1856 Clementson also purchased the Bell Works on the other side of the road as the Phoenix Works.  

  • Joseph Ford, in partnership with Joseph Clementson, operated a flint grinding business - this partnership was dissolved in 1858.

  • Joseph Clementson retired in 1867 and his four sons (Francis, Joseph Walton, Matthew and John) continued the business as Clementson Brothers. 

  • The brothers operated a business as Francis Clementson and Company, at Saint John, in the Province of New Brunswick, in the Dominion of Canada, as Earthenware, China, and Glass Dealer and Cigar and General Merchants. 

  • By 1893 Clementsons were recorded as having 275 employees. As well as manufacturing earthenware they also operated as millers for themselves and others.

  • The business continued as Clementson Brothers until 1916. 

  • At some time between 1916 and 1933 (see photo below) the bottle kilns and pottery works were demolished - just leaving the mills.

  • The business continued as Clementsons Potters and Millers Ltd as the Phienix Mills (see 1937 advert below).


 

 

 

 

Hanley potters - to the left is Clough Street, to the right is Broad Street

Hanley potters - to the left is Clough Street, to the right is Broad Street
photo: July 1933
reproduced under licence - copyright © English Heritage/NMR Aerofilms Collection

Purple: Bell Works
Blue: Phoenix Works of Clementson
Orange: Broad Street Works
Green: The White House

 

 

 

Clementsons Potters & Millers Ltd

This 1933 photo shows the location of Clementsons Potters & Millers Ltd 
and their Phoenix mills.

in 1832 the back part of the Phoenix Works was originally part of John and Edward Baddeley's 
Broad Street Works (later taken by the Ashworth Brothers) which it adjoined

 

 

Broad Street, Hanley in 2010

Purple: was the Bell Works - now the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery
Blue: was the Phoenix Works, then Cinema, Bowling Alley & Casino - now a public open space
Orange: was Broad Street Works - now Tesco Supermarket
Green: was the White House - now Mitchell Memorial Youth Arts Centre

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1877 map showing Clementsons Phoenix pottery works and Flint Mill

1877 map showing Clementsons Phoenix pottery works and Flint Mill 


 

The car park off Clough Street, behind the cinema, called Clementson's Mill car park
The car park off Clough Street, behind the cinema, called Clementson's Mill car park
the old gate post to the left is from the original mill entrance

 

some of the original Clementsons Phoenix Mill buildings on Clough Street

some of the original Clementsons Phoenix Mill buildings on Clough Street
to the far right is the Potteries Museum, built on the site of the Bell Pottery Works

 


 

NOTICE is hereby given, that the Partnership between Joseph Ford and Joseph Clememson, of Shelton, in the parish and borough of Stoke-upon-Trent, in the county of Stafford, Flint Grinders, carrying on business there under the firm of Joseph Ford and Company, was dissolved on the 24th day of June last, óWitness the hands of the said parties the 1st day of November, 1858.
                  Joseph Ford. 
                  Joseph Clementson

 

 

NOTICE is hereby given, that the Partnership heretofore subsisting between Francis Clementson, Joseph Walton Clementson, Matthew Clementson, and John Clementson, carrying on business as Earthenware Manufacturers, at the Phoenix Works and the Bell Works, in the borough of Hanley, in the county of Stafford under the style or firm of Clementson Brothers, was, on the 1st day of January, 1874, dissolved by effluxion of time. The said John Clementson haasretired from the business carried on by the said firm ; and the same business it now being carried on under the style aforesaid, by the said Francie Clementson, Joseph Walton Clementson, and Matthew Clementson, by whom all debts due to or owing by the said late partnership will be received and paidó Dated this 11th day of March, 1875.
     Fras. Clementson        Matthew Clementson
     J.W. Clementson         John Clementson

 

 

JOSEPH WALTON CLEMENTSON, Deceased. 
Pursuant to the Act of Parliament 22 and 23 Victoria, chapter 35, intituled "An Act to further amend the Law of Property, and to relieve Trustees." 

NOTICE is hereby given, that all creditors and persons having any claim or demands upon or against the estate of Joseph Walton Clementson, late of the Phoenix and the Bell Works, and of Richmond House, all in Shelton, in the borough of Hanley, in the county of Stafford, in England, Earthenware Manufacturer, and also carrying on business in copartnership with other persons under the style of Francis Clementson and Company, at Saint John, in the Province of New Brunswick, in the Dominion of Canada, as Earthenware, China, and Glass Dealer and Cigar and General Merchants (and who died on the 29th day of March 1880, and whose will was proved by Matthew Clementson, of the Phoenix and the Bell Works aforesaid, and of Prospect House, Shelton aforesaid, Earthenware Manufacturer, and Edward John Baxter, of the Phoenix and the Bell Works aforesaid, and of the Brampton, Newcastle-under-Lyme, in the said county of Stafford, Earthenware Manufacturer, two of the executors therein named, on the 23rd day of March, 1882, in the Principal Registry of the Probate Division of Her Majesty's High Court of Justice), are hereby required to send in particulars of their claims of demands to the before named executors, or to the undersigned, their Solicitors, on or before the 2nd day of June next; and notice is hereby also given, that after the said 2nd day of June next, the before named executors will proceed to distribute the assets of the said deceased among the persons entitled thereto, having regard only to the claims and demands of which they shall then have received notice; and that they will not be liable for the assets, or any part thereof, so distributed to any person of whose debt or claim they shall not then have had notice.óDated the 28th day of February, 1884.
HAMSHAW and STANBUBY, Albion House, Hanley, Solicitors for the before named Executors.

 


 

Messrs. Clementson Brothers,
Earthenware Manufacturers, Phoenix and Bell Works,
Broad Street, Hanley (Established 1832).

The potter's art being undeniably one of the most ancient, as well as one of the most useful crafts the world knows, our readers require little or no apology from us for introducing a series of articles on this subject in the present work, and among the many important houses devoted to the manufacture of earthenware in Hanley, the firm of Clementson Brothers, of the Phoenix and Bell Works, Broad Street, must be cited an a leading example. 
The business was established as far back as the year 1832 by the late Mr. Joseph Clementson,J.P., who was succeeded on his decease by his sons, and the business has been for many years energetically and successfully carried on by them, but Mr. Baxter -who is a grandson of the founder - still trading as "Clementson Brothers" has now succeeded to the business. 
The Phoenix and Bell Works are comprised in a substantially-erected two-storied building, with considerable frontages to both Broad Street, and Bethseda Street, and, in addition to tho office entrance, there are two archway entrances to the works, the general idea conveyed by the appearance of the whole structure being one of stability and importance. 
The firm manufacture almost entirely for the North and South American and West Indian markets, doing at the present day a very large trade with those sources, their productions comprising white, granite, mid printed goods, such as dinner, tea, and toilet ware, etc, and they are milking a special feature at the present time of printed toilet ware, and also printed and plain semi-porcelain ware, and, having lately added a valuable plant of modern machinery to this end, they are in a position to compete favourably with any other house in the Potteries in these particular goods. The Bell Works throughout are fitted with all the most modern and improved machinery und appliances; seven ovens - four of which are glost and three biscuit - are kept constantly going, together with the usual hardening-on and enamelling kilns, etc.; the average number of hands employed by the firm being 275.
Every attention is paid to sanitary matters throughout the works so as to ensure the health and comfort of the operatives, and the general relations existing between Messrs. Clementson Brothers and their numerous workpeople are of the most harmonious and satisfactory character. 
In addition to the manufacture of earthenware, Messrs. Clementson Brothers are also millers, having a very large mill from which they supply other manufacturers with.

 

from....

A descriptive account of The Potteries (illustrated)
1893 advertising and trade journal.

 


 

 

White Ironstone PRAIRIE SHAPE Joseph Clementson CHAMBER POT

Joseph Clementson 'White Ironstone'  PRAIRIE SHAPE CHAMBER POT

 

 

 


 

 

Clementson Brothers 'Semi-China' plate in IRIS pattern

Clementson Brothers 'Semi-China' plate in IRIS pattern 

 

 


 

 

Clementson Brothers 'Royal Ironstone China' plate in Tea Leaf pattern

Clementson Brothers 'Royal Ironstone China' plate in Tea Leaf pattern 

 

 


 

Clementsons Potters and Millers Ltd

Clementsons Potters and Millers Ltd 
Broad Street, Phoenix Mills, Hanley
1937 advert

 

 

 


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