Broad Street Works
'Bedford' shape

 

All entries from the factory pattern description books are reproduced courtesy of The V&A/Wedgwood Collection.

 

Hicks, Meigh, & Johnson

Pattern 94

Pattern 107

Pattern 125

Pattern 128

Ridgway, Morley, Wear, & Co.

"Asiatic Plants" brown

"Asiatic Plants" puce

Pattern 142

Pattern 143

Pattern 144

Pattern 147

Pattern 160

Pattern 212

Pattern 258

G. L. Ashworth & Bros. Ltd.

Pattern B/9447

Pattern B/9927

Mason's Ironstone Ltd.

Unique specimen plate

 

Hicks, Meigh, & Johnson

 

Pattern 94

The dinner plate is 261mm in diameter. Earthenware.

Pattern 94 dinner plate front

Photo © Angela Grant 2005

Pattern 94 dinner plate back

Photo © Angela Grant 2018

Pattern 94 dinner plate pattern number Pattern 94 dinner plate tally mark

The lack of the Ironstone mark is an indication that this is an earthenware body.

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Pattern 107

Pattern 107 is not included in the first Ridgway, Morley, Wear, & Co. pattern book so one has to consider that the pattern had been discontinued by then. But the book is fragmentary and we do not know exactly when it was compiled.

The centre piece is 248mm long, 216mm wide, and 152mm tall. Earthenware.

Pattern 107 centre piece side

One handle is missing.

Pattern 107 centre piece handle

Pattern 107 centre piece top

Pattern 107 centre piece base

Pattern 107 centre piece marks

The lack of the Ironstone mark is an indication that this is an earthenware body.
This mark has been referred to as a 'mitre', but the globus cruciger at the top means that a 'crown' is clearly intended.

The soup tureen (minus lid) & stand are 356mm long, 254mm wide, and 178mm tall including stand. Earthenware.

Pattern 107 soup tureen and stand side

Pattern 107 soup tureen and stand end

Pattern 107 soup tureen body top

Pattern 107 soup tureen body base

Pattern 107 soup tureen stand top

Pattern 107 soup tureen stand base

Pattern 107 soup tureen stand mark

A surprising amount of this service has no pattern number.

The sauce tureen & stand is 165mm tall, and the stand is 203mm long and 152mm wide. Earthenware.

Pattern 107 sauce tureen and stand side

Pattern 107 sauce tureen and stand end

Pattern 107 sauce tureen lid top

Pattern 107 sauce tureen lid base

Pattern 107 sauce tureen body top

Pattern 107 sauce tureen body handle detail

Pattern 107 sauce tureen body base

Pattern 107 sauce tureen body mark

Pattern 107 sauce tureen stand top

Pattern 107 sauce tureen stand base

Pattern 107 sauce tureen stand mark

The meat dish is 318mm long and 254mm wide. Earthenware.

Pattern 107 meat dish front

Pattern 107 meat dish back

Pattern 107 meat dish marks

The impressed marks prove that the meat dish was made by Ashworth's over 50 years after the main service, presumably as a replacement, as there is a date mark "11/87" for November 1887. The main service can be dated to 1833-5.

The dinner plate is 254mm in diameter. Earthenware.

Pattern 107 dinner plate front

Pattern 107 dinner plate front detail

Pattern 107 dinner plate front detail 2

Pattern 107 dinner plate back

Pattern 107 dinner plate marks

The soup plate is 254mm in diameter. Earthenware.

Pattern 107 soup plate front

Pattern 107 soup plate back

Pattern 107 soup plate mark

The dessert plate or twiffler is 190mm. Earthenware.

Pattern 107 dessert plate front

Pattern 107 dessert plate back

Pattern 107 dessert plate mark

Photos © Maxwell Melbourne 2021

 

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Pattern 125

The print is described as 'Hicks Rock and Bird' in the factory pattern description books.
The full entry for Pattern 125 reads:
'Table Bedford BS. Toilet[?]. Printed in P[urple] Brown. Blue on biscuit. Lustre Edge. Hicks Rock & Bird Dk Blue Enameld in Red & opaque orange. No gold.

For other wares with the same print see the 'Hicks Rock & Bird' page.

The dinner plate is 260mm in diameter.

Pattern 125 dinner plate front

Pattern 125 dinner plate back

Pattern 125 dinner plate backstamp and pattern number

The side plate or muffin is 178mm in diameter.

Pattern 125 muffin front

Pattern 125 muffin back

Pattern 125 muffin backstamp retailer's mark and pattern number

The main reason for including this rather battered piece was for the unusual retailer's mark.

Photos © Angela Grant 2018

 

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Pattern 128

The print is described as 'Key Border' in the factory pattern description books.
The full entry for Pattern 128 reads:
'Table Bedford BS. Toilet[?]. Printed in Red. Blue on biscuit. Lustre Edge. Dk blue Key Border Painted - Red groups outline printed End in Red, no gold.'

The dinner plate is 260mm in diameter.

Pattern 128 dinner plate front

Pattern 128 dinner plate back

Pattern 128 dinner backstamp mark and pattern number

The mark is typical of the Hicks, Meigh & Johnson period.
The hand-painted crown underneath the printed mark is sometimes found on its own with just a pattern number, and no printed mark.
Pattern 128 was the last pattern issued by HMJ.

Photos © Angela Grant 2018

 

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Ridgway, Morley, Wear, & Co.

 

"Asiatic Plants" brown

There has been some controversy over allocating this pattern to a manufacturer because one piece was found with a Church Works impressed mark. As I have pointed out elsewhere on this site, blanks were exchanged freely between all three of William Ridgway's factories, and the printed mark is the indicator to take note of. Unfortunately most printed marks in this pattern are anonymous. Some early blue-printed pieces have been found with the standard Shield & Anchor R.M.W.&Co. mark, which settles the matter. The only puzzle left is what the Church Works were doing with "Bedford" shape blanks.

The dessert plate or twiffler is 235mm in diameter. Earthenware.

Asiatic plants dessert plate front

Asiatic plants dessert plate front detail

The edge moulding is typical of the 'Bedford' shape.

Asiatic plants dessert plate back

Asiatic plants dessert plate backstamp

Photos © Tommy Cheatham 2019

 

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"Asiatic Plants" puce

The dessert plate or twiffler is 235mm in diameter. Earthenware.

Asiatic plants dessert plate front

Asiatic plants dessert plate back

Asiatic plants dessert plate marks

Photos © Tommy Cheatham 2019

 

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Pattern 142

The print is described as 'Hicks Rock and Bird' in the factory pattern description books.
The full entry for Pattern 142 reads:
'Table Bedford BS. Printed in D Brown. Dr Blue on biscuit. Lustre Edge. Hicks Rock & Bird Enameld Red, Rose & Green Japan, no gold.'

For other wares with the same print see the 'Hicks Rock & Bird' page.

The dinner plate is 267mm in diameter. Ble Stone body.

Pattern 142 dinner plate front

Pattern 142 dinner plate back

Pattern 142 dinner plate backstamp and pattern number

This mark is typical of the Hicks, Meigh & Johnson period, here used on a pattern developed after the takeover by Ridgway, Morley, Wear & Co.

Photos © Angela Grant 2018

 

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Pattern 143

The print is described as 'India' or 'Old India' in the factory pattern description books.
The full entry for Pattern 143 reads:
'Table Bedford BS. Dessert x[?]. Printed in P[urple] Brown. Dk Blue on biscuit. Lustre Edge. Old India Blue & Red Japan. No Gold.'

The Dinner plate is 262mm in diameter. Blue Stone body.

Pattern 143 dinner plate front

Pattern 143 dinner plate back

Pattern 143 dinner plate backstamp and pattern number

Photos © Angela Grant 2018

 

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Pattern 144

For an example of this pattern on dessert ware see 'Wellington' dessert page.

The pattern description book reads:
'Table Bedford B[lue] S[tone]. Dessert X. Printed in P[urple] Brown. Dr Blue on biscuit. Lustre edge. Old India Blue & Red Japan Gilt & Burnished.'

The meat dish is 330mm long and 267mm wide. Blue Stone body.

Pattern 144 meat dish front

Pattern 144 meat dish back

Pattern 144 meat dish marks

Photos © Anonymous 2021

 

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Pattern 147

The print is described as 'Hicks Temple' in the factory pattern description books.
The full entry for Pattern 147 reads:
'Table Bedford BS. Printed in Black. Dr Blue on biscuit. Lustre Edge. Hicks Temple Dk Blue Enameld in Colors & Gilt.'

The tureen stand is 361mm long and 259mm wide. Blue Stone body.

Pattern 147 tureen stand front

Pattern 147 tureen stand back

Pattern 147 tureen stand backstamp and pattern number

Photos © Angela Grant 2018

 

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Pattern 160

The print is described as 'Hicks Rock and Bird' in the factory pattern description books.
The full entry for Pattern 160 reads:
'Table Bedford BS. Toilet Florence. Print Comn Brown. Blue on biscuit. Lustre Edge. Hicks Rock & Bird. Enameld in style of 142 but slighter, no gold.'

For other wares with the same print see the 'Hicks Rock & Bird' page.

The dessert plate or twiffler is 229mm in diameter.

Pattern 160 dessert plate front

Pattern 160 dessert plate backstamp and pattern number

Photos © Angela Grant 2009

 

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Pattern 212

The print is described as 'India' or 'Old India' in the factory pattern description books.
The full entry for Pattern 212 reads:
'Table Bedford BS. Dessert [Milan?]. Toilet Florence. Printed in P[urple] Brown. Blue & 2 Greens on biscuit. Lustre Edge. Old India Printed as 143 but Cold Diffy, No Gold.'

The side plate or muffin is 201mm in diameter.

Pattern 212 muffin front

This pattern is interesting as most of the colours are painted underglaze, the only exceptions being the iron-red and the blue green. This is unusual at this date, and has not been perfected as the glaze has clumped and pitted over certain colours, particularly the dark and yellow greens.

Pattern 212 muffin back

Pattern 212 muffin backstamp and pattern number

Another typical Hicks, Meigh, & Johnson mark.

Photos © Angela Grant 2018

 

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Pattern 258

The print is described as 'Hicks Rock and Bird' in the factory pattern description books.
The full entry for Pattern 258 reads:
'Table E[arthen]Ware Bedford. Toilet Florence. Printed in S[tone] Brown. Various col[our]s U[nder] Glaze. Edged White. Bird Patt[er]n as 160 Col[oure]d all Under Glaze.'

For other wares with the same print see the 'Hicks Rock & Bird' page.

The meat dish is 336mm long and 267mm wide. Earthenware.

Pattern 258 meat dish front

Pattern 258 meat dish front detail

On this version you can clearly see parts of the print normally hidden under Mazarin blue.

Pattern 258 meat dish back

Pattern 258 meat dish marks

The crown without "REAL / STONE CHINA" above and below it indicates an earthenware body.

Photos © Kenneth H. Carleton 2021

 

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G. L. Ashworth & Bros. Ltd.

 

Pattern B/9447

Another version of the 'Steam' print.

For other wares with the same print see the 'Steam' print page.

The meat dish is 438mm long and 352mm wide. Earthenware.

Pattern B/9447 meat dish front

Pattern B/9447 meat dish back

Pattern B/9447 meat dish marks

The presence of "ENGLAND" indicates a date of manufacture after 1891. The pattern number is very late in the B/ series so c.1898-99.

Photos © Tara Burkholder Saunders 2020

 

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Pattern B/9927

The dinner plate is 260mm in diameter. Earthenware.

Pattern B/9927 dinner plate front

Pattern B/9927 dinner plate front detail

Pattern B/9927 dinner plate back

Pattern B/9927 dinner plate marks

Photos © Bonnie Jean Seiwell ~ Lady in Decadence 2020

 

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Mason's Ironstone Ltd.

 

Unique specimen plate

This plate was presented to me by the factory design department in thanks for some work I did researching in the factory shortly before it closed. It attempts to recreate the 143 pattern using a modern 'Bedford' shape blank and an historic copper plate created in the Hicks, Meigh, & Johnson period, and recut in the Ashworth period, when the 'India' print was reissued. When the factory was closed the pattern books held there, and a few of the historic collection of copper printing plates went to The V&A/Wedgwood Collection. The rest went to scrap. I do not know if the copper used for this plate survived. If it did not, it was probably used for the last time to create this dinner plate. The reverse shows both the original HMJ and later Ashworth marks.

The dinner plate is 267mm in diameter. Earthenware.

Factory spcimen plate front

Factory spcimen plate back

Factory spcimen plate backstamps

Photos © Angela Grant 2018

 

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