George Hallam b. 2 Feb 1832 d. 28 Nov 1898 Longton, Pottery Manufacturer
Not too much is known about George Hallam, who was born to parents Richard and Mary (née Burton) Hallam in Longton, probably on York St (later Ebor St, now gone altogether in the building of the A50). George lived here after his marriage to Ellen Brunt at Stoke St Peters in 1857, and his early children were born here. He moved to Normacot in the late 1860’s, following his father’s death, an area he was involved in building.
George’s occupation in 1851 and 1861 was potter’s warehouseman. From 1863, he started describing himself as a china manufacturer.
He was a partner in several china factories, including:
c.1863-65 Burton, Wood & Co, china manufacturers at Mount Pleasant Works, High St, having taken over the premises of Moore & Son, when the latter built the St Mary’s Works opposite. The factory had 3 ovens in 1956.
1873-9 or earlier - Hallam & Johnson, producing ordinary quality china. The London Gazette of 21.6.1878 reported the dissolution of Hallam, Johnson & Taylor partnership on the retirement of William Taylor. Hallam & Johnson (William Herbert Johnson) dissolved the partnership 17.8.1880.
1880-2 Hallam & Day (Joseph Day). J & J Day (Day & Son) succeeded this partnership, so presumably from this point on, at least for a while, George was not involved in the Mount Pleasant Works.
1883-6 Hallam & Furber, Dresden Works, Stafford St. In 1883, Jewitt described the factory as producing all the usual varieties of services, etc., in china of good quality.
A chalice still in existence, dated 1881, was given to him by a grateful workforce.
– he is said to have looked after them when they were sick, etc. The inscription reads, “Presented to Mr George Hallam by his workforce as a mark of esteem, Martinmas 1881”.
George was present at the opening of Longton Cottage Hospital in 1890, and also at the Council meeting in October 1889 to discuss starting up a relief fund for relatives of victims of the Mossfield Colliery explosion, in his capacity of councilor for the Longton St John’s ward.
By 1891, George appears to have retired, and was living at 105 Upper Normacot Rd (now Dawson’s funeral parlour). His daughters carried on the work, and the factory continued until the 1st World War, when it was very difficult for the company to import the colours for a pink ware which apparently dominated production. A surviving granddaughter recalls the site as being approximately on the site of the current (2001) Chloride Shires factory.
George was also involved in building houses in Normacot, leasing land on Upper Normacot Rd, Spring Rd, and Meir Road from the Duke of Sutherland from 1868, the time of the development of Normacot. Substantial records exist of his mortgages from the Longton Mutual Building Society to finance this activity.
He died 28.11.1898 of acute broncho-pneumonia, and was buried in Normacot churchyard. He was joined there in 1904 by Ellen
He had 13 children, of whom 10 grew to adulthood. His spinster daughters Lizzie, Liza and Nellie were well-known figures in Normacot, being very well known in connection with their tireless work for the church. The embroideries destroyed in the fire at the church in 1997 were mainly their work. Lizzie was headmistress at Florence Girls’ School 1886-1927, and Nellie also taught there. It is said that when anyone wished to arrange a burial at Normacot Church, they would be advised to go to see the Misses Hallam, to arrange a good burial site.
Here, a strange image of George as a Victorian family man comes about. His sons all seem to have had relatively menial jobs, instead of going into their father’s businesses. On the other hand, 3 of his daughters were trained as teachers (including Harriet, his youngest daughter); Lizzie even went to a college out of the area (Fishponds; we know that she studied French there). When he died, his executrix was his wife, Ellen, and he left all his money to her. A very early new man?
Dwelling: Uttoxeter Rd
Census Place: Stone, Staffordshire, England
Marr | Age | Sex
|George HALLAM||M 49 M||Head||Longton||China Manufacture|
|Ellen HALLAM||M 44 F||Wife||Longton|
|Richard H. HALLAM||U 22 M||Son||Longton||Potters Printer|
|Frederick HALLAM||M 21 M||Son||Longton||Grocers Assistant|
|George HALLAM||U 17 M||Son||Longton||Potters Warehouseman|
|Mary A. HALLAM||15 F||Daur||Longton||School Teacher|
|Ellen E. HALLAM||14 F||Daur||Longton||Scholar|
|Elizabeth HALLAM||14 F||Daur||Longton||Scholar|
|Eliza A. HALLAM||10 F||Daur||Normacot||Scholar|
|Emily HALLAM||7 F||Daur||Normacot||Scholar|
|Agnes HALLAM||5 F||Daur||Normacot||Scholar|
|Harriett HALLAM||1 F||Daur||Normacot|
|Elizabeth BRUNT||W 73 F||Mother In Law||Longton|
Godden – Encyclopaedia of British Porcelain Manufacturers; 1841, 51, 61, 71, 81 censuses; Family anecdotes, papers & memorabilia; Normacot Church of the Holy Evangelists, Longton St James, and Stoke St Peter parish records
to contact a family member:- Eileen Hallam email: Eileen.Hallam@tesco.net