|Thomas Worthington | People from Stoke-on-Trent|
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| Bethesda Methodist Chapel | Bethesda Town Mission |
| Brook Street Pottery | Worthington & Green | Jasper Street |
Thomas Worthington, a pottery owner, benefactor of Bethesda Chapel who owned houses in Mollart Street, Bethesda Street and evidently Jasper Street.
NOTE: Mollart Street and the parallel Vine Street were demolished to make way for the Potteries Way ring road.
date plaque on houses in Jasper Street
bearing the date 1874 and the initials "TW"
father: John Worthington
children (with his wife Mary):
|c.1816||Thomas Worthington born c.1816 the son of John Worthington.|
|1844||Operated the 'Brook Street Pottery' in Brook Street, Hanley (now Century Street) with James Green as partner under the name "Worthington & Green"|
|1857||Elected to Hanley borough council.|
|1861||According to the 1861 census Thomas Worthington was living at 13 Mollart Street.|
|1862||By this date Thomas Worthington and James Green were stated as owning a theatre in Brunswick Street.|
|1864||Brook Street Pottery partnership with James Green ended and the works continued under the name "Worthington & Son" [the 'son' from an earlier marriage]|
|1874||1874 the Bethesda Town Mission was built - Thomas Worthington's wife Mary laid the corner stone.|
|1879||Thomas Worthington died 1 June 1879.|
|1881||According to the 1881 census TW's widowed wife Mary and their 5 children were living at 11 Mollart Street.|
|1893||"Worthington & Son" pottery works closed.|
Note: "People of the Potteries" states that Thomas Worthington was married three times and that it was his second wife Mary who laid the foundation stone of the mission hall.
- certainly the 'son' in the pottery works "Worthington & Son" was from an earlier marriage. However the 1881 census (details below) show that Mary's and Thomas's last child (Emily) was born the year that Thomas died. Mary was evidently Thomas's last wife.
Dwelling: 11 Mollart St
Census Place: (Stoke Upon Trent) Shelton, Staffordshire, England
Marr | Age | Sex
|Mary WORTHINGTON||W 29 F||Head||Hanley|
|Thomas C. WORTHINGTON||8 M||Son||Hanley||Scholar|
|John F. WORTHINGTON||5 M||Son||Hanley||Scholar|
|Arthur WORTHINGTON||4 M||Son||Hanley||Scholar|
|Mary WORTHINGTON||3 F||Daur||Hanley|
|Emily WORTHINGTON||1 F||Daur||Hanley|
|Ruth FORRESTER||U 31 F||Serv||Hogston, Buckingham||Cook (Dom Serv)|
|Catherine NICKLIN||U 23 F||Serv||Hanley||Dom Serv|
|Margaret STATER||U 21 F||Serv||Houghton||Nurse (Dom Serv)|
updated: 1 March 2002