Church Works Patterns

Church Works, Hanley, Occupation Periods

Phillips & Thompson 1816/7-1819
Phillips & Bagster 1819-1823
John Denton Bagster 1823-1827/9?
Joseph Mayer? 1827?-1831?
William Ridgway & Co. 1828/31?-1838
William Ridgway, Son & Co. 1838-1845
(E) Ridgway & Abington 1845-1859
Edward John Ridgway 1859-1866

There is some considerable doubt as to when William Ridgway took over the Church Works from the executors of J D Bagster. There is some reason to suppose it was before his partnership with his brother John ended. Leonard Stanley Abington was a modeller who worked for Phillips and Bagster and became the "& Co" with William Ridgway. He appears to have been the artist responsible for the moulded jugs and other wares.

The Church Works was run in parallel with the Cobden Works, on the other side of High Street, Hanley, formerly owned by Elijah Mayer, between c.1832 and 1848. There is some evidence to suggest that Joseph Mayer, Elijah's son, and William Ridgway's cousin, bought the Church Works from Bagster's estate, and then leased it, with the Cobden Works, to William Ridgway & Co.

In 1866 E J Ridgway relocated to the then new Bedford Works. The products of that factory are outside the scope of this survey.

I ought, at this point, to enter a word of caution. The above information has been assembled by me from a variety of sources primarily, but not only, Dr Godden's various publications. However, the publications do not always agree on every point and the information does, therefore, need further checking. Also, apart from the early traveller's book formerly in the possession of Dr Godden, I have been unable to trace any pattern information at all. The wares illustrated have been tracked down by the hard work of pattern, shape and mark matching. I have specifically excluded any wares that I have doubts about. Given those provisos, the list is as accurate as I can make it but I accept may be open to challenge. I would be grateful to anyone who has contrary information, if they would share it with me.

 

Moulded patterns without a known pattern number.

From the traveller's pattern book formerly in the possession of Dr Geoffrey Godden we know that moulded wares had pattern numbers. Unfortunately these numbers were not painted on the wares so we only know the numbers of the patterns in the book. The remainder are listed here.

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'Pompeii' stone 'Pompeii' shape jug, "24" size. Buff stone coloured earthenware. Full glaze inside, smear glaze outside. Pompeii stone
'Pompeii' blue 'Pompeii' shape covered filter jug, "4" size. Pale blue coloured earthenware. Full glaze inside and out. Pompeii blue
Linen-Fold stone Linen-Fold jug, "24" size. Buff stone coloured earthenware. Full glaze inside, smear glaze outside. Linen-Fold stone

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Numbered Patterns.

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33 'Pompeii' shape jugs with and without Britannia metal lid. Blue coloured earthenware. Multicoloured hand-painted raised flower sprigs with gilt highlights. 33
60 Set of three 'Pompeii' shape jugs. Blue coloured earthenware. Multicoloured hand-painted raised flower sprigs as pattern 33 but with orange highlights. 60
153 Minature 'Pompeii' jug. Blue coloured earthenware. Single multicoloured hand-painted raised flower sprig on each side of jug. Gilt highlights, edge and tracery on handle. 153
176 Wide urn shaped vase. Blue coloured earthenware. White raised slip reserves with multicoloured landscapes. Surrounded by black and gilt leaves and white and gilt flowers. Gilt leaf circlet at top, gilt highlights to top, handles, stem and base. 176
260 Wide urn shaped vase. Blue coloured earthenware. White raised slip reserves with multicoloured landscapes. Surrounded by black and gilt leaves and white and gilt flowers. Gilt leaf circlet at top, gilt highlights to top, handles, stem and base. 260
343 Mug. Blue coloured earthenware. Multicoloured hand-painted raised flower sprigs with gilt highlights. Gilt edge inside and out, spikes on handle. 343
494 Tam o'Shanter style jug without the story moulding, "12" size. Blue coloured earthenware. Multicoloured hand-painted raised birds and flower sprigs with gilt highlights. Gilt edge line inside and out, spikes on handle. 494
516 Tam o'Shanter style jug without the story moulding, "9" size. Blue coloured earthenware. Multicoloured hand-painted raised flower heads and leaves with gilt highlights. Gilt edge line inside and out, spikes on handle. 516
553 Tam o'Shanter style jug without the story moulding, "36" size. Green coloured earthenware. Multicoloured hand-painted raised birds and flower sprigs with gilt highlights. Gilt edge line inside and out, spikes on handle. 553
954 Tam o'Shanter style jug without the story moulding, "24" size. Buff stone coloured earthenware. Birds and flower sprigs printed in brown and filled ug blue, yellow green, yellow, and iron red, with gilt highlights. Gilt edge line inside and out, spikes on handle. 954

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