Location and period of operation:
Earthenware manufacturer at the Pinnox Works (and c.1862-67 also at the Unicorn Pottery), Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent
Aerial view of Pinnox factory
(around 1953 - when it was in the hands of Richards Tiles)
Initials used on ware for identification:
Various printed marks with EC or E
the name of the pattern is often included
CHALLINOR, Edward (1792-1879), pottery manufacturer, Tunstall.
EC was born on 18 July 1792, the son of William Challinor, attorney of Pickwood, Leek, and Mary nee Bagnall. He was apprenticed to J. and R. Riley, of Burslem, whose factory occupied the site of what later became Hill Top Pottery.
EC began in business on his own account at Overhouse Pottery, Burslem, which he bought in 1819.
From about 1828 Edward Challinor leased the Overhouse pottery works to a succession of other potters. Edward Challinor then joined in partnership with John Wood, making pottery at Brownhills then at Woodlands, Tunstall.
In 1869, the old works were entirely taken down and Challinor had built a new and extensive manufactory with all the latest improvements of machinery and appliances, the jiggers all being driven by steam-power and the drying stoves heated by exhaust steam.
The rebuilding, after half a century of active occupation by one person, was thus commemorated in ornamental scroll stonework over the entrance:
here in AD1819 and
rebuilt the premises
Edward Challinor died, unmarried on 16 April 1879.
Sources: Staffs. Advertiser 19 April 1879; Adams, Notes; Jewitt; VCH viii; People of the Potteries
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