Victoria Works, Longton
Located at Victoria Place off Stafford Street.
(became Garnham Place off The Strand)
|"A works in what became
Victoria Place, off Stafford Street, was built by Ralph Shaw c. 1828 and
was subsequently run by him or his tenants. His executors still owned
the premises in the early 1880's. Yale and Barker were there in the
early 1840's when the works was described as 'a small, well-conducted
factory; rooms low, small, and dirty'; Cooke and Griffiths held it in
1850 and 1851 and Walker and Finney from 1853. Joseph Finney was working
on his own there in 1858 and began manufacturing china instead of
earthenware in the late 1860's; he was still at the works in 1900.
Messrs. Cartwright and Edwards, of the nearby Borough Pottery since at
least 1869, held the Victoria Pottery also by 1912. When Cartwright and
Edwards Ltd. became a subsidiary of Alfred Clough Ltd. in 1955 both
works were sold to the Manor Engineering Co. Ltd. The Victoria Pottery
was pulled down and the present  Victoria Foundry built on the
Footnote: 'showing Shaw & Yale in 1840' Meigh, 'Staffs. Potters'
Source: 'Longton', in A History of the County of Stafford: Volume 8, ed. J G Jenkins (London, 1963), pp. 224-246. British History Online http://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/staffs/vol8/pp224-246
Built by the late Mr. Ralph Shaw about 1828, these works still
remain the property of his executors. About 1853 they were taken by Mr.
Joseph Finney, who still  carries on the business.
Llewellynn Jewitt: 'Ceramic Art of Great Britain' Vol II, 1878
|1828||1858||Ralph Shaw||Works built by
Ralph Shaw and was subsequently run by him or his tenants.
His executors still owned the premises in the early 1880's.
|Yale & Barker||Yale & Barker occupied the works in the early 1840's - the works were described as 'a small, well conducted factory; rooms low, small and dirty'|
|1850||1851||Cooke & Griffiths||Cooke
occupied part of the Victoria Works with Hulse (as Cooke & Hulse)
Also with Griffiths 1850-51
|1853||1858||Walker & Finney|
|1858||1900||Joseph Finney & Co.||In the late 1860's Finney began to produce China instead of earthenware; he was still at the works in 1890.|
|1912||1955||Cartwright & Edwards||Cartwright and
Edwards were at the nearby Borough Pottery since at least 1869.
By 1912 they also took the Victoria Works.
Cartwright and Edwards became a subsidiary of Alfred Clough Ltd. and in 1955 both the Victoria and Borough Works were sold to the Manor Engineering Co. Ltd.
The Victoria Pottery works were pulled down and the Victoria Foundry was built on the same site.
SOURCES: Jewitts 'Ceramic Art of Great Britain 1800-1900', Victoria History of the County of Stafford Vol. VIII.
The Victoria Works
Flint Street - off Stafford Street
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