John Maddock & Son(s) (Ltd)






 

Location and period of operation:

J Maddock & Sons (Ltd)

Burslem

1855 

1981

 

Earthenware manufacturers at Newcastle Street Works, Dale Hall, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, England.
  • John Maddock (b. 1807), started business in 1830 as Maddock & Edwards, from 1839-42 as Maddock & Seddon, from 1842-55 on his own account as John Maddock.

  • John & Martha Maddock had four sons - John (junr) and James who became partners in the manufacturing business and Thomas and Henry who both managed the export business in the United States of America.

  • In 1855 John junr was taken into partnership and the business traded as John Maddock & Son.

  • From around 1870 the other son James was taken into partnership and the business traded as John Maddock & Sons. 

  • By 1871 John Maddock (snr) had retired, at that time the census records that the business employed 208 people. John died in 1877 - the name John Maddock & Sons continued. 

  • In 1896 the business was incorporated as John Maddock & Sons Ltd.

  • Around 1897 Maddock & Miller were established in New York around 1897 as importers of English ware. They represented other English potters as well as John Maddock & Sons Ltd. Sidney Maddock (son of Henry Maddock, grandson of John Maddock) was a partner in the business of Maddock & Miller. 

  • In 1904 the company exhibited at the St. Louis Exhibition, USA and were awarded a gold medal. 

  • The business survived two world wars and numerous recessions as a large scale manufacturer of mid-market  domestic and catering earthenware.

  • In the late 1970s Royal Stafford China Ltd was purchased by John Maddock & Sons from Grindley of Stoke (Ceramics) Ltd

  • In December 1980 John Maddock & Sons was in receivership. In January 1981 the Newcastle Street factory, stock and the rights to the Maddock and Royal Stafford names were purchased by Nubell Ltd. 

 

Previously: John Maddock




John Maddock & Sons Limited
manufacturers of
Royal Vitreous Porcelain Dinner, Tea, & Toilet Ware
Manufactories: Burslem, Staffordshire

Established 1830 
Gold Medal., St. Louis 1904

Pottery Gazette - January 1906

the "established 1830" refers to the original company of Maddock & Edwards 

 


 

Marks used on ware for identification:

John Maddock & Sons used a range of marks, often including a crown or lion or sometimes both. 

Maddock were incorporated as a Limited Company in 1896 and so marks including 'LTD' must be after this date - however not all marks after 1896 included 'LTD'.

Some mark include the date 'Est 1830' - this refers the the founding of the original company Maddock & Edwards.

Any mark with 'Maddocks' (note the 's' at the end) is an American company and not Maddock & Sons of Burslem, England. 

 

 


Maddock's
Lamberton Works
Royal Porcelane

Maddock Pottery Co of Trenton, New Jersey, USA



Any mark with 'Maddock's' (note the 's' at the end) is an American company and not Maddock & Sons of Burslem, England. 

The American company dates from around 1892 to 1923 and was owned by Thomas Maddock (who emigrated from North Staffordshire), Moses Collear, C.A. May and Thomas P. Donoher

article on Thomas Maddock & Sons

 


 

 
Maddock
Ironstone China

printed or impressed mark with a castle
used by John Maddock before 1855

 



John Maddock & Son

c.1855-70 

In 1855 John junr was taken into partnership and the business traded as John Maddock & Son. From around 1870 the other son James was taken into partnership and the business traded as John Maddock & Sons. 

 


John Maddock & Sons
England
Vitrified

John Maddock & Sons
England
Royal Vitreous

c.1870-96 


 

  
John Maddock & Sons Ltd
Royal Vitreous
England

John Maddock & Sons Ltd
Royal Vitreous
Made England

John Maddock & Sons Ltd
England
Vitrified


1896+
(LTD was not added until 1896)

 


 


Royal 
Stone China
Maddock & Co
Burslem England
Trade Mark

c.1906+

unusual mark - it appears that this is the only mark used by Maddock with "& CO" 
marks before and after this one all have "& Sons"

 


 


Trade Mark
John Maddock & Sons
Staffordshire Potteries
England

Trade Mark
Royal Semi Porcelain
John Maddock & Sons
England

c.1906+

the name 'Royal Semi Porcelain' was used on white ironstone 
ware which seemed to be produced mostly for export 


 

 


Royal Ivory
John Maddock & Sons Ltd
England

the registration number dates to 1930  

c.1927+


 


Maddock
England

early 1930's 


Embassy
Maddock
Made in England

c.1935+


John Maddock & Sons Ltd
Made in England
Vitreous

c.1945+


Ivory Ware
John Maddock & Sons Ltd
Made in England

c.1945+

Similar to the 1927 mark but "ENGLAND" replaced with "MADE IN ENGLAND"

John Maddock & Sons used a range of marks, often including a crown or lion or sometimes both 


 

Royal Ivory
Est 1830
Maddock
England



The ROYAL IVORY shield mark was found on the same plate as the crown mark.

The date 'Est 1830' refers the the original company Maddock & Edwards

c.1945+

 


 


Vitrified
Maddock
England

c.1955+


John Maddock & Sons Ltd
England
Royal Vitreous

c.1960+


Maddock
England
Royal Vitreous

c.1961+

 


 


John S Maddock
Burslem
England

unusual mark - although this mark certainly belongs to the John Maddock & Sons company it is not known why this mark has 'John S. Maddock' 

 

photos courtesy:  Alan Thomson

 


 


Maddock Hotelware
Made in England

Empire Crockery Co.
Montreal
Maddock - England
Ultra Vitrified

Maddock
Ultra Vitrified
Made in England

marks used on catering ware - perhaps only used on export ware

photos courtesy:  Angela (Canada)

 


 

The American Market

 

Mr. Henry Maddock died rather suddenly last month at his residence in Brooklyn, New York, aged sixty-two. He was born in Staffordshire, and was the youngest son of Mr. John Maddock. Deceased, in conjunction with his brother Thomas, was for many years the agent in the United States for John Maddock & Sons, Burslem. He retired from business in 1900. He leaves a widow and one son, Mr Sidney Maddock, who is a director in the firm of Maddock & Miller.

Pottery Gazette - December 1907

 


 


Maddock's English Hotelware
Maddock & Miller
53 Barclay Street, New York 

The Pottery & Glass-Brass Salesman (Aug. 3, 1911)
Importers of English China, Glass and Fine Pottery

Maddock & Miller were established around 1897 as importers of English ware. They represented other English potters as well as John Maddock & Sons Ltd.

Sidney Maddock (son of Henry Maddock, grandson of John Maddock) was a partner in the business of Maddock & Miller. 

 


 


John Maddock & Sons Ltd
England
Colonial

Burley & Co
Hotel Dept
Chicago

c.1883-1923 

photo courtesy: Carol Rehak

Burley & Co (c.1883-1923) were Chicago based wholesalers and importers of pottery & glassware. 


link to article on Burley & Tyrrell and Burley & Co 

 


 


Branksome Hall
the motto reads:
Keep Well  The Road

- details of Branksome Hall -  


John Maddock & Sons Ltd
Made in England 
The T. Eaton Co Limited
Canada

Maddock produced canteen ware for Branksome Hall, Toronto. It was imported by Eaton's department store, also of Toronto Canada

photos courtesy: Shane Jeavons 

 


 

- click for more on Maddock's Newcastle Street Works


 

MADDOCK, John (c. 1807-77), pottery manufacturer, Burslem.

John Maddock (snr.) the son of John and Sarah Maddock, was born in Burslem and baptised on 19 July1807.

The firm of John Maddock  was founded in the 1830's in premises in Newcastle Street, Burslem. John Maddock was in partnership with Seddon from 1839 to1842. The firm made granite ware for the American market.

John Maddock required all his employees to join a sick club. He retired from the business in the 1870s. John Maddock was a member of Burslem Board of Health from 1850 to1868, and was chairman and chief bailiff 1852-3 and 1854-5. When the Baths and Washhouses Act was not adopted in Burslem in 1852 John Maddock offered to build public baths at his own expense if he could be guaranteed 50 p.a. in subscriptions. He was a member of the British Anti-State Church Association. 

He married Martha nee Knowles and his children included John Maddock junior and James Maddock (see 1871 census details below). By 1871 John Maddock snr had retired and his son had taken control of the company.  He died in 1877. His widow presented the mayoral chain of Burslem in his memory in 1880.

Sources: IGI Staffs; Jewitt; Staffs. Sentinel 8 July 1916; VCH viii; People of the Potteries

 

 

1871 Census:
dwelling place:
Alsager, Cheshire

Name birth place born position in house Occupation
John Maddock Senr abt 1808 Burslem, Staffordshire, England Head retired earthenware manufacturer
Martha Maddock abt 1808 Leigh, Lancashire, England Wife  
Margrett Maddock abt 1847 Burslem, Staffordshire, England Daughter  
Sarah Maddock abt 1842 Burslem, Staffordshire, England Daughter  
Jane Maddock abt 1850 Endon, Staffordshire, England Daughter  

 

1871 Census:
dwelling place:
Alsager, Cheshire

Name birth place born position in house Occupation
John Maddock Junr abt 1832 Burslem, Staffordshire, England Head earthenware manufacturer (employing 208 people) and landowner
Julia Maddock abt 1839 Kidsgrove, Staffordshire, England Wife  
Evelyn Maddock abt 1870 Alsager, Cheshire, England Daughter  
Sarah A Ash abt 1851 Kidsgrove, Staffordshire, England Servant cook, domestic servant
Pamela Heath abt 1851 Talk 'O the Hill, Staffordshire, England Servant housemaid, domestic servant
Julia Johnson abt 1858 Alsager, Cheshire, England Servant nurse, domestic servant
Joseph Machin abt 1817 Middlewich, Cheshire, England Servant gardener, domestic servant
Mary Machin abt 1818 Malpas, Cheshire, England Gardener's Wife  

 


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