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Malkin's Newport Pottery, Burslem
The Malkin and Edge families were very successful pottery, tile and earthenware manufacturers. 

  • c.1846 Joseph Edge, jun., entered business as earthenware manufacturers with Benjamin Cork, under the style of Cork and Edge. Their factory standing on the site of the present Art School in Burslem. 

  • Malkin joined in 1860 and the company traded as Cork, Edge & Malkin. 

  • From 1871 Edge & Malkin continued the business.

  • From 1903 the pottery business was continued by S.W. Dean on his own. 

  • Originally founded as Malkin, Edge & Co in 1866.  

  • Sydney Malkin was travelling in America for the firm when his father died in 1894. 

  • Sydney retired from the firm of Edge, Malkin & Co., and joined with his brother, Mr. Elijah Malkin, in the firm of Malkin, Edge & Co., tile manufacturers. 

  • When this company was reconstructed in 1901, Sydney became managing director of the Malkin Tileworks Company Limited, Encaustic Tileworks, Burslem. 

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1876 advert for Malin, Edge & Co's.

Graces Guide

London Gazette - 22 August 1882


announcement of the retirement of Samuel Rathbone Edge
from the business of
Malkin, Edge and Company 


London Gazette - 25 October 1892 

announcement of the retirement of John Wilcox Edge
from the businesses of
Edge, Malkin and Company &
Malkin, Edge and Company  

London Gazette - 17 October 1893 

announcement of the retirement of James Malkin
from the business of
Edge, Malkin and Company 

London Gazette - 10 July 1894

announcement of the retirement of Sydney Malkin
from the business of
Edge, Malkin and Company 

London Gazette - 2 May 1902

notice of the voluntary winding up of
Edge, Malkin and Company 


The Malkin Tile Works Company Ltd
letterhead for
The Malkin Tile Works Company Ltd
Patent Encaustic Tile Works, Burslem, Staffordshire
Manufacturers of Encaustic, Mosaic & Glazed Tiles for all Purposes


Malkin Tiles, Newport Pottery, Burslem


Malkin & Edge, Newport Pottery & Encaustic Tile Works, Burslem

note the same frontage - with the central pediment - on both pictures


Malkin Tiles was an offshoot of the earthenware company Edge, Malkin and Co. Initially they traded as Malkin Edge & Co, later becoming Malkin Tiles and eventually Malkin Tileworks. Manufactured a wide range of tiles, mainly moulded and encaustic dust-pressed. Eventually absorbed into H & R Johnson in 1968.

There have been Malkins in the Potteries for three hundred years and more, and a branch of them went off to Leicestershire and founded a distinguished family there. 

Mr. Sydney Malkin's grandfather was a working potter, a dipper, who suffered from lead poisoning; he was maintained by his son, the late Mr. James Malkin, during his later years, and was buried in St. Paul's Church-yard, Burslem. 

Mr. Malkin's father (James Malkin) went as a lad to the Anderton Canal Carrying Company, of which the first Lord Loch was a director. 

Mr. James MacIntyre was manager, and when he went into the pottery trade, Mr. James Malkin succeeded him as manager.

 Mr. James Malkin (Mr. Sydney Malkin's father) married the eldest daughter of Joseph Edge. The Edges came from Horton, near Rudyard, where they occupied a considerable position; but they lost their prosperity, and one of them Joseph Edge (the great grandfather of Mr. Sydney Malkin) found himself as a youth derelict in Newcastle Street, Burslem. The anecdote has come down that he prayed for guidance as he walked, and that at that moment, a townsman saw him and had compassion on him, and took him home to his bakers' shop. When Joseph Edge's benefactor died he took over the business.


1898 map showing Newport Pottery
1898 map showing Newport Pottery - off Newport Lane
note the Trent and Mersey Canal at the bottom of the map
and the Burslem Branch Canal running up the map


map of the same area - the Burslem Canal is now filled in but the Trent and Mersey still exists
Newport Lane, Luke Street and Prospect Street can be seen on both maps
the Newport Pottery has been replaced by a housing estate
note the name of one of the new roads is "Malkin Way

- Google maps 2010 -

The Glazed and Floor Tile Manufacturers Association was formed in 1913.  

In 1955 the listed members in the Stoke-on Trent area were:

Beresford Tile, 
Boote T & R, 
Campbell Tile, 
Johnson H & R, 
Minton Hollins, 
Platt & Sons, 
Repton Tiles, 
Rhodes Tiles, 
Richards Tiles, 
Smith & Warrilow, 
Trent Tiles, 
Vernon Tile, 
Wade A.J. 
Woolliscroft G.& Sons. 


Richards Tiles and H & R Johnson were the dominant tile companies in the 1930ís and during the post war years until their merger in 1968.  Before then Richards had acquired T & R Boote and Campbell Tile which included Maws and Minton Hollins.  

H & R Johnson had acquired the Malkins, Marsdens and Jeffries tile companies.  In 1967 the newly formed Johnson Richards group was manufacturing on twelve sites in the UK and on nine sites abroad.  UK tile production peaked at about twelve million square yards (ten million square metres) per year in the late 1960ís

from a 1910 trade catalogue featuring encaustic, mosaic and wall tile designs manufactured by the Malkin Tile Works of Burslem
from a 1910 trade catalogue featuring encaustic, mosaic and wall tile designs manufactured by the Malkin Tile Works of Burslem

the catalogue is in the posession of The Thomas J Watson Library
- the Libraries The Metropolitan Museum of Art -


"Marked by bold colour halftone and lithographic plates, this catalogue provides numerous renderings of the Malkin companyís vibrant design options. 

Like its regional competitor and contemporary, Mintons; Malkin excelled in geometric encaustic flooring layouts, a wide variety of which are displayed here. This publication offers border, field, and frieze tiles, as well as mouldings in classical and Art Nouveau styles."


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