E Hughes & Co

Hughes (Fenton) Ltd






 

Location and period of operation:

E Hughes & Co

Fenton

1889

Dec 1939

Hughes (Fenton) Ltd

Fenton

1940

1953

 

China manufacturer at the Opal China Works, Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent, England
  • Edward Hughes moved from Shropshire to Stoke-on-Trent, according to the 1861 to 1881 census he was a charter master (contracting coal miners). 

  • In 1889 (perhaps as early as 1886) he set up business with his son-in-law Enoch Massey (who married his daughter Sarah Ann) as E. Hughes & Co at the Opal China Works, Fenton.

  • Edward Hughes was joined in the business by his son Frederick Stuart  Hughes. 

  • The business was incorporated in December 1939 to name was changed to Hughes (Fenton) Ltd.

  • Frederick Stuart Hughes died aged 72 on 14th July 1941.

  • In 1941 the works was closed for the duration of the Second World War, after the war it was re-licenced in 1946 and was managed by another Edward.

  • In 1948 the business was acquired by Lawleys Limited and continued to produce tableware as part of the Lawley group of companies until about 1953.

 


 


E Hughes plate
  
typical E Hughes ware
both sets of cups and saucers carry
the trade name "PALADIN CHINA"

 


 

 


E H & Co
English Bone China
Fenton

Poppina is the pattern name 

 


 


E H & Co
Free Hand
Fenton
 

photos courtesy: Gin Fry 


 

 

Initials and marks used on ware for identification:

 

Trade names used by E Hughes:-

PALADIN CHINA
c.1914-41

EUSANCOS CHINA
c.1930-41


 

H
impressed mark
1889-98


HF
impressed or printed mark
1898-1905
[mark consists of 'HF' in a diamond shape]


HF
FENTON CHINA
printed mark
1905-12
[mark in a circle shape]


HUGHES FENTON
printed mark
c.1908-12
[mark with horse head and sunrise]


ROYAL CHINA
STAFFORDSHIRE
printed mark
c.1912-41
[mark in globe with crown above]


E HUGHES & Co
printed mark
c.1914-41
[mark in globe - sometimes "HUGHES (FENTON) LTD"]

 



printed mark
c.1914-41


printed mark
"PALADIN CHINA" is a trade name
c.1914-41


printed mark
"EUSANCOS CHINA" is a trade name

c.1930-41

 


 


Postcard c.1908, the Opal China Works is clearly visible
in the background, behind Fenton Railway Station

see maps of The Opal China Works

 


Census details for Edward Hughes and his family 

1861 census:
Dwelling: 223, King Street
Census Place: Tunstall, Stoke-upon-Trent, Staffordshire, England

Name

Marr | Age | Sex

  Birthplace Occupation
Edward Hughes M  31  M Head Oswestry, Shropshire Colliery Charter master
Ann Hughes M  33  F Wife Tunstall, Staffordshire Potter
Sarah Ann Hughes 9  F Daur Tunstall, Staffordshire Milliner
Edward J Hughes 2  M Son Tunstall, Staffordshire Scholar

 

1871 census:
Dwelling: 166, Havelock Place
Census Place: Shelton, Stoke-upon-Trent, Staffordshire, England

Name

Marr | Age | Sex

  Birthplace Occupation
Edward Hughes M  41  M Head Oswestry, Shropshire Charter master
Ann Hughes M  41  F Wife Tunstall, Staffordshire  
Sarah Ann Hughes Un  19  F Daur Tunstall, Staffordshire Milliner
Edward J Hughes 12  M Son Tunstall, Staffordshire Scholar
Betsy Hughes 9  F Daur Tunstall, Staffordshire Scholar
Frederick  Hughes S  1  M Son Longton, Staffordshire  

 

1881 census:
Dwelling: 14, Grove Road
Census Place: Fenton, Stoke-upon-Trent, Staffordshire, England

Name

Marr | Age | Sex

  Birthplace Occupation
Edward Hughes M  51  M Head Oswestry, Shropshire Contracting Coal Miner
Ann Hughes M  51  F Wife Wolstanton, Staffordshire  
Frederick S Hughes S  11  M Son Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire Scholar

 

1891 census:
Dwelling: 26, Grove Road
Census Place: Fenton, Stoke-upon-Trent, Staffordshire, England

Name

Marr | Age | Sex

  Birthplace Occupation
Edward Hughes M  61  M Head Landford, Shropshire China manufacturer
Ann Hughes M  61  F Wife Tunstall, Staffordshire  
Frederick S Hughes S  21  M Son Longton, Staffordshire Clerk (writing)

 

1901 census:
Dwelling: 56 Church Street (Ashleworth Ter)
Census Place: Fenton, Stoke-upon-Trent, Staffordshire, England

Name

Marr | Age | Sex

  Birthplace Occupation
Edward Hughes M  71  M Head Oswestry, Shropshire China manufacturer
Ann Hughes M  72  F Wife Tunstall, Staffordshire  

 

1901 census:
Dwelling: 37 Blurton Road
Census Place: Fenton, Stoke-upon-Trent, Staffordshire, England

Name

Marr | Age | Sex

  Birthplace Occupation
Frederick S Hughes M  31  M Head Longton, Staffordshire China manufacturer
Minnie Hughes M  29  F Wife Longton, Staffordshire  
Alan Stuart Hughes 6  M Son Fenton, Staffordshire  
Edward Hughes 1  M Son Fenton, Staffordshire  
Annie Barker 14  F Serv Waterfall, Staffordshire Domestic Servant