Palissy Works, Chancery Lane, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent

Palissy Works

These works in Chancery Lane were erected in 1862 by Richard H. Grove For the purpose of decorating, not manufacturing, china ware. In 1867, he retired and was succeeded by his son, Frederick Wedgwood Grove, and his partner, John Stark. They commenced manufacturing their own ware having increased the premises For the purpose and erected the necessary kilns and machinery. They manufactured earthenware only. In this, all the usual dinner, dessert, toilet and other services and domestic articles were produced, of all degrees of decoration - from plain and printed to enamelled and gilt varieties. Spirit and wine show-barrels or casks were also specialities. Messrs. Grove & Stark continued to 1885. F. W. Grove continued to 1889, the firm subsequently becoming Grove & Oliver (1889-94), Grove & Prowse (1895-8), then Grove & Co. to about 1904."

'Jewitt's Ceramic Art of Great Britain 1800-1900' - first published 1878, revised 1883.



Richard H Grove & his son Frederick Wedgwood Grove had a number of
short lived partnerships at the Palissy Works.... 

From To Occupier Comments
1862 (1853?) 1869 Richard H. Grove

Jewitt states that "These works in Chancery Lane were erected in 1862 by Richard H. Grove..."   However the 1861 census records that Richard H Grove was "a China manufacturer employing 15 men, 16 women, 4 boys and 3 girls"
so we do know that Grove was in business before 1862 and a back-stamp used by the later Palissy Pottery Ltd says "EST 1853"

1870 1871 Grove and Robinson recorded in 1870 Harrod directory
1872 1884 Grove and Stark Grove, Start & Co: Frederick Wedgwood Grove, and his partner, John Stark There was also a junior partner - Edward Pearson who retired from the business in March 1875. 
1885 1889 F. W. Grove  
1889 1894 Grove & Oliver  
1895 1898 Grove & Prowse  
1898 1904 Grove & Co.  
1905 1929 A.E. Jones / A.E. Jones & Co  
1929 1946 Albert E. Jones (Longton) Ltd  
1946 1989 Palissy Pottery Ltd  

NOTE: dates are drawn from a number of sources and may overlap or vary by a few years.



Bernard Palissy b.1509 d.1590

The works originally took their name from a Frenchman: 

Bernard Palissy was a French Huguenot potter and writer, particularly associated with decorated rustic ware, a type of earthenware covered with coloured lead glazes.



from c.1948 Palissy Pottery Ltd introduced a backstamp 
which incorporated a likeness of Bernard Palissy.



 Maps of the Commerce Street / Chancery Lane area of Longton town showing the Palissy Works



1950 view of the Stafford Street area of Longton
 the Palissy Works alongside  Commerce Street / Chancery Lane are in the top left corner 

pictures courtesy: Britain From Above 


Red - Palissy Pottery Works

light blue - Melba pottery Works

dark blue - Berry Bank ceramic transfer works

yellow - Empire Theatre


1953 map  showing the same area


the many bottle kilns of the Palissy Pottery Works



Questions, comments, contributions? Steve Birks