Denton China (Longton) Ltd


Location and period of operation:

Denton China (Longton) Ltd




Manufacturer of bone china at Upper Normacot Road and Chaplin Road, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent

  • The business was established by Herbert Lawson who was a former pottery decorator and wholesaler, he lived at "The Croft" Stallington Road, Blythe Bridge, Staffordshire. 

  • After his death in January 1949 the works were continued by Mrs D M Lawson.

  • In December 1968 the business was bought by John Aynsley & Sons Ltd. 

  • In September 1969 the production of Denton china was discontinued by Aynsley.  

  • December 1971 the company was liquidated - a note in The London Gazette states that 'all creditors have been or will be paid in full' 



Advert - December 1958

Pottery Gazette and Glass Trade Review



The London Gazette
20th December 1971

notice of appointment of liquidator


Denton China was predominantly a manufacturer of bone china 'fancies' - floral arrangements, birds, brooches, ear rings, wicker baskets. They also made china Toby Jugs.   

Denton China budgerigars and flowers 


Denton China posy 


Denton China Toby jug 



Marks used on ware for identification:


Hand Modelled
Best Bone
Denton China


Best Bone
Denton China


1953 OS map 1:1250
Showing the Denton Works on the corner of Chaplin Road and Upper Normacot Road  



1953 OS map 1:1250
larger view of the Normacot area of Longton


1962-68 OS map 1:1250
Showing that the Denton Works had been expanded to take in
the adjacent bottling works 

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