Britannia China Co


Location and period of operation:

Britannia China Co




Manufacturer of China at Edensor Road, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent. This manufactory was started by the Bourne family (Thomas & Eliza)

In the 1896 and 1900 Kelly Trade Directory the factory manager is listed as Thomas William Bourne. (The eldest son of Thomas & Eliza)


Thomas and Eliza Bourne
Thomas and Eliza Bourne

Thomas was born in 1839 in Hanley, Staffordshire and Eliza was born in 1838 also in Hanley. 
They were both designers of pottery and then they went on to start the Britannia China Company in Edensor Road, Longton. At the time of the 1901 census they lived in Rock Cottage in the parish of Forsbrook They had a son called Vincent who was a pottery artist 
and a daughter who married Alfred Sims.

1881 census:

Dwelling: Stallington Road
Census Place: Dilhorne, Staffordshire, England


Marr | Age | Sex

  Birthplace Occupation
Thomas BOURNE  M 42 M  Head Hanley China Manufacturer
Eliza BOURNE M 43 F Wife Hanley  
Thomas William BOURNE  U 20 M Son Hanley China Manufacturer
Frederick John BOURNE U 18 M Son Hanley Civil Engineer
Vincent Arthur BOURNE 16 M  Son Hanley Scholar
Hugh Percy BOURNE  11 M  Son Hanley Scholar
Marion Frances M. Sedgley BOURNE  3 F  Daur Forsbrook  
Phoebe BYATT  25 F  Serv Stone Domestic Serv

Initials used on ware for identification:

B C Co
[impressed mark 1895-1906]


[printed mark c1900-1904]

[printed or impressed mark c1900-1904]

Marks from Godden's British Pottery & Porcelain Marks

Typical Britannia China Co ware:

These china cups are samples.  
They are the originals shown to people who would hopefully buy them. 


This dark blue china, is an actual full service and 
was made for one of the Bourne's children (
Marion) upon her wedding
to Alfred Sims


email: Steve Birks

last updated: 13-11-2003