Thomas Godwin


Location and period of operation:

Thomas Godwin





Earthenware manufacturer at Burslem Wharf, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, England. 
  • Formerly the brothers Thomas and Benjamin Godwin were in business together (c.1809-34). In 1834 they both set up business individually. 

  • Thomas Godwin's factory was the Canal Works at Burslem Wharf,  Navigation Road, Burslem - see map -

  • Some marks are include "T. Goodwin Wharf' - this has caused confusion as some collectors have read 'Wharf' as the name of the manfuacturer instead of the location of the works. 



American Views

American Views was a series of transferware prints
- in this instance the engraving was of The Capitol Building in Washington DC - 

The manufacturer was Thomas Goodwin and 'WHARF' refers to the 
location of the factory at Burslem Wharf 

The mark incorporates the Royal Arms and the version shown is that used
pre-1837 when Queen Victoria came to the throne



black transferware - W Penn's Treaty

William Penn (1644 1718) was an early member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), and founder of the English North American colony the Province of Pennsylvania. 

He was an early advocate of democracy and religious freedom, notable for his good relations and successful treaties with the Lenape Native Americans. 

William Penn on Wikipedia 


ironstone three part dish with lid - black transferware - Marinn pattern



drainer in the Medina pattern 



blue & white transferware platter depicting the Crystal Palace built for the 1851 Great Exhibition
the border depicts bee hives and set squares & compasses for industry and engineering, 
music & instruments for the arts and agricultural scenes.  
The Crystal Palace was built for the Great Exhibition of 1851. Held in Hyde Park, London. This was planned as the first international event of its kind to exhibit the 'Works of Industry of all Nations' 

Wikipedia article of the Great Exhibition

Crystal Palace
T Godwin 

Ware with an engraving of the Cystal Palace was also made by the North Staffordshire potter Pinder, Bourne & Hope and the Glasgow potters J. & M. P. Bell and Robert Cochran & Co. 




Marks and initials used on ware for identification:



Thos Godwin

T Godwin




T & B Godwin
Stone China 

Medina is the pattern name 

this plate carried the mark of Thomas & Benjamin Godwin (1809-34)
and Thomas Godwin (1834-54) it must have been produced just 
at the time that Thomas & Benjamin set up business seperately 


Thos Godwin
Stone China 

mark in the same style of that previously
used by Thomas & Benjamin Godwin



 W Penn's Treaty is the subject matter of the plate


T Goodwin 

Marinn is the pattern name 



T Goodwin 

Mezieres is the pattern name 

the registration diamond indicates a date of 11 September 1845
for the registration of the pattern



Burslem Wharf, Navigation Road


Godwin's factory was the Canal Works at Burslem Wharf at the bottom of  Navigation Road.



1879 map showing the Burslem Branch Canal and Wharf 

When the branch canal was authorised by an Act of Parliament in 1797, it paved the way for Burslem to become the Mother Town of The Potteries.

Construction work was completed in 1805, 30 years after James Brindley completed the adjoining Trent and Mersey Canal.

Large quantities of china clay, stone and other raw materials were shipped in for use at the Burslem potbanks and finished ware was exported to the Americas via the River Mersey and Liverpool Docks.


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