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Job Meigh II
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1784 Born, the son of Job Meigh I 1805 Married Elizabeth, daughter of William Mellor of Johnson’s Charles Street Pottery in Hanley 1807 Set up in partnership with Richard Hicks at the Broad Street works of John & Edward Baddeley. 1812 Job Meigh II joined his father (Job Meigh I) in partnership at the Old Hall works. 1815 Hicks & Meigh rebuilt the Broad Street Works 1822 Johnson joined the partnership, which became: Hicks, Meigh & Johnson 1822 Meigh was awarded a gold medal by The Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce (later the Royal Society of Arts) for a 'leadless glaze suitable for common red ware' - however Meigh's glaze proved unsuitable and there is no evidence of its adoption. 1834 Although Job Meigh I died in 1817 the Old Hall works had continued as Meigh & Son. In 1834 Job Meigh II retired and Charles Meigh (Job Meigh II's brother) took the works. 1835 Partnership dissolved & the Broad Street works sold to Ridgway, Morley & Wear. 1836 Purchased the Mettle House estate from Mrs Ellen Bentley and the Ash estate from Charles Harvey. 1837 Ash Hall was built as the home of Job Meigh II, where he lived until his death in 1862 1849 Between 1849 and 1857 Job Meigh rebuilt or improved many of the Ash estate buildings which were virtually all constructed in the local sandstone. 1856 Job Meigh II purchased a family vault at the newly built St. Mary's Church, Bucknall. 1862 Job Meigh II died at Ash Hall on January 30th 1862
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Job Meigh II, who bought the Ash Estate in 1837, was the son of Job Meigh I (1750-1817), who manufactured pottery on the site of Hanley Old Hall. Job Meigh II, born in 1784, married Elizabeth, daughter of William Mellor of Johnson’s Charles Street Pottery in Hanley, in 1805. Job Meigh II initially worked for his father in the Old Hall Pottery but by 1807 he had left to go into partnership with Richard Hicks, his brother-in-Law.
Job Meigh lived at Bank House, Albion Street, Shelton (the site of the subsequent Hanley Town Hall). It was a 5 minute walk to the pottery manufactory in Broad Street.
Almost immediately the partnership with Hicks & Johnson was dissolved Job Meigh prepared to move to a new estate where he built Ash House.
Hicks & Meigh occupied the Broad Street Works.
From 1806-1822 as Hicks & Meigh
From 1822-1835 as Hicks, Meigh & Johnson (Johnson was their traveling representative)
"History of the Staffordshire Potteries", Simeon Shaw - published in 1829:
"At the top of Albion Street is Bank House, a very handsome residence, occupied by its proprietor, Job Meigh, Esq., who is for his philanthropy and liberality justly regarded as one of the worthies of the district, to whom the inhabitants generally submit any important subjects of reference, in confidence of having strict impartial decisions awarded them. Also is the gentleman to whom, in 1823, His Royal Highness the Duke of Sussex, presented the gold Medal of the Society of Arts, for Mr Meigh’s giving to the public a Glaze for Common Pottery, entirely free from the deleterious qualities of the usual lead glaze.”