E Hughes & Co






 

Location and period of operation:

E Hughes & Co

Fenton

1889

1953

 (See sources)

China manufacturer at the Opal China Works, Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent from 1889 (1886?) to 1941 and 1941 to 1953.

Edward Hughes moved from Shropshire to Stoke-on-Trent, according to the 1861 to 1881 census he was a charter master (contracting coal miners). In 1889 (perhaps as early as 1886) he set up business with his son-in-law Enoch Massey (who married his daughter Sarah Ann) as E. Hughes & Co at the Opal China Works, Fenton.

Edward Hughes built and managed the factory in 1886/7
His son Frederick Stuart  Hughes until 1941, when the wartime closure occurred (Frederick Stuart Hughes who died aged 72 on July 14 1941)
Another Edward managed the factory after the war until 1953 when the factory was taken over by Adderleys.

In 1940 the company was renamed "Hughes (Fenton) Ltd".
In 1941 the works was closed for the duration of the Second World War, after the war it was re-licenced in 1946 and continued to operate until 1953,

 



Postcard c.1908, the Opal China Works is clearly visible
in the background, behind Fenton Railway Station

see maps of The Opal China Works

 


1861 census:
Dwelling: 223, King Street
Census Place: Tunstall, Stoke-upon-Trent, Staffordshire, England

Name

Marr | Age | Sex

  Birthplace Occupation
Edward Hughes M  31  M Head Oswestry, Shropshire Colliery Charter master
Ann Hughes M  33  F Wife Tunstall, Staffordshire Potter
Sarah Ann Hughes 9  F Daur Tunstall, Staffordshire Milliner
Edward J Hughes 2  M Son Tunstall, Staffordshire Scholar

 

1871 census:
Dwelling: 166, Havelock Place
Census Place: Shelton, Stoke-upon-Trent, Staffordshire, England

Name

Marr | Age | Sex

  Birthplace Occupation
Edward Hughes M  41  M Head Oswestry, Shropshire Charter master
Ann Hughes M  41  F Wife Tunstall, Staffordshire  
Sarah Ann Hughes Un  19  F Daur Tunstall, Staffordshire Milliner
Edward J Hughes 12  M Son Tunstall, Staffordshire Scholar
Betsy Hughes 9  F Daur Tunstall, Staffordshire Scholar
Frederick  Hughes S  1  M Son Longton, Staffordshire  

 

1881 census:
Dwelling: 14, Grove Road
Census Place: Fenton, Stoke-upon-Trent, Staffordshire, England

Name

Marr | Age | Sex

  Birthplace Occupation
Edward Hughes M  51  M Head Oswestry, Shropshire Contracting Coal Miner
Ann Hughes M  51  F Wife Wolstanton, Staffordshire  
Frederick S Hughes S  11  M Son Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire Scholar

 

1891 census:
Dwelling: 26, Grove Road
Census Place: Fenton, Stoke-upon-Trent, Staffordshire, England

Name

Marr | Age | Sex

  Birthplace Occupation
Edward Hughes M  61  M Head Landford, Shropshire China manufacturer
Ann Hughes M  61  F Wife Tunstall, Staffordshire  
Frederick S Hughes S  21  M Son Longton, Staffordshire Clerk (writing)

 

1901 census:
Dwelling: 56 Church Street (Ashleworth Ter)
Census Place: Fenton, Stoke-upon-Trent, Staffordshire, England

Name

Marr | Age | Sex

  Birthplace Occupation
Edward Hughes M  71  M Head Oswestry, Shropshire China manufacturer
Ann Hughes M  72  F Wife Tunstall, Staffordshire  

 

1901 census:
Dwelling: 37 Blurton Road
Census Place: Fenton, Stoke-upon-Trent, Staffordshire, England

Name

Marr | Age | Sex

  Birthplace Occupation
Frederick S Hughes M  31  M Head Longton, Staffordshire China manufacturer
Minnie Hughes M  29  F Wife Longton, Staffordshire  
Alan Stuart Hughes 6  M Son Fenton, Staffordshire  
Edward Hughes 1  M Son Fenton, Staffordshire  
Annie Barker 14  F Serv Waterfall, Staffordshire Domestic Servant

 


 

Initials and marks used on ware for identification:

H
impressed mark
1889-98


HF
impressed or printed mark
1898-1905
[mark consists of 'HF' in a diamond shape]


HF
FENTON CHINA
printed mark
1905-12
[mark in a circle shape]


HUGHES FENTON
printed mark
c.1908-12
[mark with horse head and sunrise]


ROYAL CHINA
STAFFORDSHIRE
printed mark
c.1912-41
[mark in globe with crown above]


E HUGHES & Co
printed mark
c.1914-41
[mark in globe - sometimes "HUGHES (FENTON) LTD"]


Trade names used by E Hughes:-

PALADIN CHINA
c.1914-41

EUSANCOS CHINA
c.1930-41



printed mark
c.1914-41


printed mark
"PALADIN CHINA" is a trade name
c.1914-41


printed mark
"EUSANCOS CHINA" is a trade name

c.1930-41


typical E Hughes ware
both sets of cups and saucers carry
the trade name "PALADIN CHINA"


E Hughes plate


updated: 12 March 2006