Barker Bros (Ltd)






 

Location and period of operation:

Barker Bros (Ltd)

Longton

1876 

1981

China and Earthenware manufacturer in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent. (Became a subsidiary of Alfred Clough Ltd).

  • From 1876 to 1880/82 at Gold Street, Longton and then at the Meir Works, Barker Street, off High Street (now Uttoxeter Road), Longton. IIt became a limited company in 1882.

  • In 1910 the business was bought by the brothers William and Arthur Hewitt. The name 'Barker Bros' continued to be used. 

  • In 1939 Sampson Smith's was alos purchased by the Hewitt brothers. Gerald Hewitt directed Sampson Smith's & Arnold Hewitt, Barker Bros. From 1941 to 1945 production of both companies was at the Barker Bros factory.  

  • 1959 Barker Bros was taken over by Alfred Clough. The name Barker Bros continued to be used until the business closed in 1981. 

 



Barker Bros lusterware bowl 

 

 


this style of mark was used c.1930-37


 


flowblue sauce boat & dish

 


willow pattern plate 

 


Barker Bros teapot 


'Fiesta' plate

This 'Fiesta' plate was made in the early 1960s by Barker Bros. Royal Tudor Ware.  Influenced by Enid Seeney's 'Homemaker' pattern (1955), the dish illustrates the contemporary style in domestic tableware.

It measures 19cm across.

 


Trade names used by Baker Bros:
(Nearly all marks include the name Barker Bros.) 

PRIMROSA WARE

ROYAL TUDOR WARE
the name ROYAL TUDOR continued to be used by sucessor businesses
including Grindley of Stoke (1972-1982) and Federated Potteries (1982-87)
 

BONE WHITE IRONSTONE

MEIR CHINA

MEIR WARE

 


click for more information
on the markings on Barker ware>>

 

 

 


Baker Bros factory & employees:


Arnold Hewitt

Alfred Clough

Harold Salt
(Clay Shop Manager)

  see a contribution from Harold Salt's daughter



Barker Brothers Ltd, Meir Works, Longton.
photo taken 1960s

Lovatt collection
copyright, of MLA West Midlands, Chrysalis 
Stoke-on-Trent Libraries


 


Barker Street Longton from an 1898 map

 


questions/comments/contributions? email: Steve Birks