|Stoke-on-Trent Districts: Lower Lane
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Lower Lane, Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire.
The Bakers - the family who single-handedly 'built' Fenton:
Every building of note in the Lower Lane area of Fenton was built or influenced by the Baker family.......
Their involvement in the area came through the acquisition of land and a potworks.........
1765 William Baker an architect from Audlem in Staffordshire, bought the estate and manor of Fenton Culvert together with a pottery factory for his second son William Baker II.
William Baker II came to Fenton and in 1767 he married Sarah Bagnall the daughter of Thomas Bagnall who was Lord of the Manor of Hanley.
William and Sarah had one son, William Baker III (to add to the confusion!!).
William III was born in 1771, his father William II died in 1784, when his son was only 13, and nine years later Sarah married again. She married Ralph Bourne, another pottery manufacturer of Fenton. In due course Ralph Bourne took his stepson (William III) into partnership and the firm traded as Bourne and Baker. Ralph later took in his brother John Bourne as partner and the firm was then known as Bourne, Baker and Bourne, earthenware manufacturers, Fenton.
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