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of Vulcan Pottery, Clough Street, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire

  • Factoring business started by B. J. Swinnerton at Burton Place, Hanley.
  • c.1906 Company founded with factories in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent. Swinnertons, Vulcan Works, Hanley, appointed H. Field their London agent, showing their samples at his rooms, 106, Hatton-garden, EC.
  • 1911 Became a limited company. B. J. Swinnerton joined with W. Lindley in taking over a business at the Old Chelsea Works.
  • On the death of B. J. Swinnerton, V. G. H. Alcock joined the firm, becoming its chairman.
  • WWI: During the war W. Bloore joined the firm and another factory, the Washington Pottery, was acquired (by 1953 this works had been sold).
  • 1925 The Victoria Pottery was purchased, followed soon after by the purchase of the Scotia Pottery at Burslem. In the meantime, the teapot business had developed and a further teapot factory was added to the group.
  • The directors (of Swinnertons?), now joined by R. B. Bloore and W. S. Lindley, decided to build a new, single-storey factory, for the exclusive manufacture of Samian and Rockingham teapots.
  • 1938 started to rebuild the Vulcan Pottery but this was interrupted by the second world war.
  • 1947 Advert in British Industries Fair Catalogue as Exhibiting Member of the British Pottery Manufacturers Federation of Federation House, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. Composite Exhibit. (Pottery and Glassware Section - Olympia, Ground Floor, Stand No. A.1228) [1]
  • 1952 The redevelopment of the Vulcan Pottery was completed in August. The old-established business of Davison and Sons was purchased. Trading still continued under the Swinnertons name.
  • 1959 The Swinnertons group was taken over by the Lawley Group .

See Also

  • [1] The Potteries Website

Sources of Information

  1. 1947 British Industries Fair Adverts 398 and 399; and p269