period of operation:
Bennett & Co
manufacturers at the Victoria
Sandland biography: William Sandland was born at
Hanley in 1848. He began working at nine years old as a mould runner
at the Upper Hanley Pottery,
working from six in the morning until eight at night. When he was
thirteen he was apprenticed as a hollow-ware presser, but was
transfered to finish his apprenticeship with Alcock
& Co., Cobridge.
the termination of his apprenticeship he was sent to work with Minton,
Hollins & Co., encaustic tile manufacturers, with whom he
remained for several years.
he was engaged by Mr. Johns, Armitage Pottery, subsequently by Twyfords,
Ltd., and later by Brown-Westhead
& Co., Cauldon Place as a sanitary presser.
was an active trade union official - in 1876 and 1879 representing
the Hollow-pressers' Society in wages arbitration.
leaving Brown-Westhead's he commenced earthenware manufacture with
George Bennett at the Victory Pottery, Stoke. He took an active part
during his residence in Stoke and was for four years a member of the
the partnership was dissolved - William
Sandland and Emma Gray left the business and George Bennett continued
as George Bennett and Company.
Sandland commenced, on his own account at the Lichfield Pottery,
The Victoria Pottery Company
George Bennett & Co
advert for Sandland, Bennett
from 1892 Keates Directory
Staffordshire Potters, 1781-1900 R.K.Henrywood
the two bottle kilns of the
Victoria Works, Stoke
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