Liddle Elliot & Son


Location and period of operation:

Liddle Elliot & Son


April 1860



Earthenware and blue printed ware manufacturer at the Dale Hall Works, Longport, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, England

NOTE: This company was not Liddle and Elliot and Son. It is "Liddle Elliot" & Son. (Liddle was the forename of Mr Elliot)

  • Born 1807, died 1869 Liddle Elliot was a Civil Engineer and a China, Earthenware Manufacturer.

  • He was previously in business with the Mayer brothers and from April 1860 on his own account. 

  • The 1861 census records that he employed 747 hands, men women & children.

  • Liddle Elliot died in March 1869 - see obituary. The business was continued by Liddle's son as Bates, Elliot & Co  



Previously: Mayer & Elliot  

Subsequently: Bates, Elliot & Co  




London Gazette
5 October 1860

notice of the dissolution of the previous partnership between
Jos Mayer and Liddle Elliot in April 1860

Liddle Elliot continued on his own account




fragments recovered in 2019 off the Great Lakes
probably from a tureen
the manufacture date is likely 1871 - Liddle Elliot (and the associated companies) 
often marked their ware with an impressed month and year

(photos courtesy: Darby Fleig - who discovered the fragments)


China pattern toilette ware - Barton Shape
registered by Liddle Elliot & Son, Longport, Staffs on 15 November 1869

(Courtesy: The National Archives) 


dinner set and tureen in the Grecian Border pattern

This pattern was continued by Bates, Elliot & Co. It was also produced as a monochrome pattern.

At the end of the 18th century there was considerable interest in Greek culture and this led to the introduction of patterns based on Greek classical figures and also the use of decorative borders based on a continuous, repetitive pattern - usually straight lines but sometime cursive.  



plate in a brown monochrome version of the Grecian Border pattern

Grecian Border
L E & S

with an impressed 1/62 for the month/year of manufacture - in this case January 1862



impressed month/year manufacturing dates
8/61  and  8/62 


photos courtesy:  Gerald Haagh





 tureen in the Berlin Ironstone pattern



plate in the Etruscan Vases pattern
marked with the impressed manufactured date of 7/62 (July 1862)   



Marks & initials used on ware for identification:

L E & S


Etruscan Vases

Grecian Border
L E & S



Berlin Ironstone
Liddle Elliot & Son 

Berlin Ironstone was produced for the American market - the Berlin Swirl pattern is characterized by a series of paired plumes following the rim of the plate, or around the body of cups.  This design was produced by Mayer Brothers & Elliot, Mayer & Elliot, and Liddle Elliot & Son. 

A Berlin Swirl plate bears a British registered design mark indicating a registration date of December 18th, 1856



1861 census:

Dwelling: Liverpool Street
Census Place: Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, England


Marr | Age | Sex

  Birthplace Occupation
Liddle Elliot Mar | 53 | M Head Trentham, Staffordshire Civil Engineer & China, Earthenware Manufacturer employing 747 hands, men women & children.
Mary Ann Elliot Mar | 50 | F Wife Newcastle, Staffordshire  
Jane Elliot Un | 25 | F Daur Newcastle, Staffordshire  
Thomas Elliot Un | 23 | M Son Newcastle, Staffordshire Assistant at Manufactory
John Elliot Un | 21 | M Son Newcastle, Staffordshire Surveyor & Civil Engineer assistant
Mary Ann Elliot Un | 19 | F Daur Newcastle, Staffordshire  
Edith Augusta Elliot  | 6 | F Daur Newcastle, Staffordshire  
Lydia Shaw Un | 26 | F Serv Longton, Staffordshire Cook
Hannah Birtle Un | 23 | F Serv Sandbatch, Cheshire Housemaid
Charlotte Gater Un | 25 | F Serv Burslem, Staffordshire Lady's maid
Harriet Johnson Un | 17 | F Serv Keele, Staffordshire Housemaid


1871 Obituary

MR. LIDDLE ELLIOT was born on the 16th of October, 1807, at Trentham in Staffordshire.
He was brought up as a land surveyor and articled to a Mr. Slater, who had been sent by Mr. Telford to improve the turnpike roads of North Staffordshire.

On the death of that gentleman, Mr. Elliot succeeded him in this occupation and carried out many new roads besides. He was also engaged by the late Mr. Sneyd of Keele Hall in improving the roads on his estates; and gave assistance to several engineers in selecting and surveying lines for railways in Staffordshire.

About the year 1845 the attention of the leading manufacturers in the Staffordshire Potteries was drawn to the very inadequate supply of water, chiefly owing to mining operations draining the springs. Mr. Elliot was employed in conjunction with the late [James Simpson|Mr. James Simpson]], Past President Inst. C.E., to survey the country, and succeeded in finding an abundant supply of pure spring water at Wall Grange, near Leek, on the estate of the Duke of Sutherland, whose confidence he largely enjoyed. A company was formed, Mr. Elliot was appointed engineer, and successfully carried out the works for conveying the water a distance of 10 miles, to supply a population of about a hundred thousand inhabitants; and the Staffordshire Potteries now enjoy an excellent supply of spring water.

He joined the Institution as an Associate on the 3rd of December, 1850, and died on the 1st of March, 1869, at Newcastle-under-Lyne, of which place he was mayor in 1816, greatly regretted by a large circle of friends, and leaving behind him a numerous family.

Institution of Civil Engineers


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