Broad Street Works Patterns

Please note that Broad Street, Hanley was originally known as High Street, Shelton, Hanley. The factory is, therefore, sometimes referred to as the High Street Works. The exact date of the change is uncertain, but seems to have been some time between 1853 and 1857 when Hanley became a Borough, absorbing Shelton in the process.1

Broad Street Works Occupation Periods

Various members of the Baddeley family & partners c.1792-1807
Hicks & Meigh 1807-1822
Hicks, Meigh & Johnson 1822-1835
Ridgway, Morley, Wear & Co 1835-1842
Ridgway & Morley 1842-1845
Francis Morley (& Co) 1845-1858
Morley & Ashworth 1858-1860
G L Ashworth & Bros (Ltd) 1860-1968

Hicks & Meigh
Hicks, Meigh & Johnson

All shape names, where given, are from the Broad Street Works pattern books held at the Wedgwood Museum.

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53 'Gadrooned' shape dinner plate. Blue printed vase of flowers filled in underglaze blue and overglaze iron red, pink, ylw green, bl green, yellow. Opaque orange border line. Highlighted in gilt. Pattern 53
94 'Bedford' shape dinner Plate. Floral outline printed in blue filled in underglaze blue & overglaze iron red, bl green & salmon. Green line round edge. Gilt highlights. Pattern 94
     

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Ridgway, Morley, Wear & Co.
Ridgway & Morley

I believe it was Geoffrey Godden who recorded somewhere, though I have recently been unable to track the reference, that he found a book at the factory that stated that the last Hicks pattern was 128 and that subsequent numbers relate to the products of Ridgway, Morley, Wear & Co. When I attempted to trace this book on my visits to the factory I was unsuccessful. This number only relates to the Stoneware patterns. Hicks & Meigh porcelain patterns rise into four figures.

In the Pattern Description Books I discovered at the factory, which are now housed at the Wedgwood Museum, I read the following note: 'All Nos Above 370 to have a 3 over the number - Thus &c 3/371'.2 William Ridgway's three factories appear to have had a joint marketing arrangement and this introduction was probably to avoid confusion with the Church Works numbering system. I have found some plates of pattern 370 numbered 3/370; presumably this was an error.

Further confusion is also caused by the three factories exchanging earthenware blanks. Products with Broad Street Works and Bell Works patterns are therefore often found on blanks with Church Works impressed marks. Pattern numbers of 3/371 and above on William Ridgway shapes are always Broad Street patterns. Patterns numbered 370 and below should be checked against those listed below and on the Church Works page or in the Pattern and Pattern Description Books at the Wedgwood Museum to ensure correct attribution.

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160 'Bedford' shape Dessert Plate. Blue Stone body. 'Hicks Rock & Bird' print in deep brown. Filled in underglaze blue, iron red, salmon, yellow green, rose and yellow. Opaque orange highlights. Lustre edge. Pattern 160
223 Mug. Blue Stone body. 'Chinese Temple' printed in stone brn filled ug bl, red, ylw grn, salmon, ochre. Opaque orange highlights. Lustre edge. Pattern 223
278 'Milan' shape Square Dessert Dish. White Stone body. 'Water Lily' printed in stone brn filled rose, pink, ylw grn, bl grn, bl, with opaque orange highlights. Brown edge. Gilding on handles. Pattern 278

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Francis Morley (&Co.)
Morley & Ashworth
G L Ashworth & Bros (Ltd.)

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3/1365 Mug. EW body. 'Steam' print in flow mulberry filled red, rose, salmon, ylw grn, bl grn Pattern 3/1365
     

Notes.

1. Information from Nicola Wood, Archivist, Stoke on Trent City Archives. A map of 1853 from a Report to the General Board of Health shows the road as 'High Street'. A map from a Survey by C. J. H. Homer dated 1 January 1857 shows the road as Broad Street.

2. Entry reproduced courtesy of The Wedgwood Museum Trust.

 

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