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History of Swan Bank Pottery


Phase 1 A farm owned by John Mollatt or W. Blackely.


Phase 2 (1749) Possibly sold by John Mollatt to John Wedgwood of the big house Burslem.

Subsequent phases/possible sequences:

Josiah Wood 1783-89 Note 1
  1789-93 Owned by Ralph Wedgwood
John Gilbert 1793-1803 Note 2
Daniel Steel  1804-1809 Let by John Gilbert.
William Bathwell  c1810-c1819
Henshaw and Smith  1815 Sub let by Bathwell.
T and E Bathwell  1818 Sub let by Bathwell to his sons Thomas and Elijah.
William Barker 1820 Sub let by Bathwells. 
George Vernon 1822 Sub let by Bathwells.
Enoch Wood and Sons  1826 Sub let by Bathwells.
Thomas Edwards  1838-(46?)
Thomas Pinder  1849-51
Beech, Hancock & Co.  1851-54
Hancock,Leigh & Co.  1860-61
Messrs. Hancock,  
Whitingham and Hancock  1863-1873
Messrs. Tundley, Rhodes &  
Pinder or Proctor 1875-1880
Messrs. Beech and Hancock  1881-5
Keeling and Co.  1887-1888
Samuel Johnson  1892 Note 3

Demolished Late 19th Century.

Thanks to Les Higgins and Rodney Hampson for providing the information on which the above is based.


Note 1: Bailey’s Directory 1784 states he made “fine black, glazed, variegated and cream coloured ware and blue”

Note 2: J. Allbut  Directory of Staffordshire Potteries 1802, site number 41. Plus Auction catalogue 16th and 17th May 1803 (Enoch Wood I scrap book (Potteries Museum) which suggests that Gilbert made engine turned ware, shell edged ware, twig baskets, Bath and Royal shaped plates etc.

Note 3: Samuel Johnson made Rockingham and jet at Newport street and swan square. The excavations suggest the last pottery manufactured was almost entirely Rockingham ware teapots.


© Stoke-on-Trent Museum Archaeological Society, January 2011.