Henry M Williamson & Sons






 

Location and period of operation:

H M Williamson & Sons

Longton

1879

c.1947

 

Bone china manufacturers at the Bridge Pottery Works,  LongtonStoke-on-Trent, England
  • The Bridge Pottery was at the junction of Cooke Street and Heathcote Road in the pottery town of Longton. 
    H M Williamson used a trade name "Heathcote China" - Heathcote Road took its name from Sir John Edensor Heathcote who was a local industrialist, owner of Longton Hall and in 1784 was High Sheriff of Staffordshire. 

  • In 1941, under the wartime concentration scheme, the company was concentrated with E. Brian & Co. Ltd but Williamson & Sons did not reopen at the end of the war. 


NOTE: There was an earlier pottery company 'Heathcote & Co
- there was no connection with Williamson & Sons

 

 

 


 


Williamson, H. M. and Sons,
china manufacturers

from..... 1907 Staffordshire Sentinel 
'Business Reference Guide to The Potteries, Newcastle & District'

 

 


1907 advert for Williamson & Sons, Bridge Pottery, Longton
1907 advert for Williamson & Sons, Bridge Pottery, Longton

 

from..... 1907 Staffordshire Sentinel 
'Business Reference Guide to The Potteries, Newcastle & District'

 

 


 


trio of cup, saucer and plate by H M Williamson & Sons,
in the Woodside pattern

 


 


cup & saucer with hand coloured cottages around
a village pond 

English
Best Bone China 

mark of a globe with an angel holding a pennant with the St. George's Cross

the mark is almost certainly that of H. M. Williamson & Sons 
a similar mark is listed in a trade directory entry for them 

 

photos courtesy: Janet Carlo

 


 


trio in the Granville pattern

 


 


H M Williamson & Sons tea set

bearing the Heathcote China mark from c.1928+



 

examples of H M Williamson & Sons 'NOVEM ARTEM CHINA"
examples of H M Williamson & Sons 'NOVEM ARTEM CHINA" 
Art Deco style - in manufacture c.1907

 

       

 

 


 

 

Initials & Marks used on ware for identification:

W
&
SONS

HM
W
& SONS

WILLIAMSONS
LONGTON


Trade names:

HEATHCOTE CHINA

NOVEM ARTEM CHINA

 


 


W & SONS
mark used c.1903+
 mark also shown in a 1947 trade directory



W M & SONS
LONGTON
ENGLAND

mark was in use by 1907
 mark also shown in a 1947 trade directory

 


 


BEST BONE
HEATHCOTE CHINA
WILLIAMSONS
MADE IN ENGLAND
mark used c.1909+

the registration number 557909 dates from 1909



ENGLAND
W
& SONS
A.D. 1858
mark used c.1912+

ASCOT is the pattern name



HEATHCOTE CHINA
AD 1858
W & SONS
ENGLAND
mark used c.1912+

HEATHCOTE CHINA is a trade name
it gets its name from Heathcote Road which ran alongside the factory
Sir John Edensor Heathcote was a local industrialist and owner of Longton Hall. 
He was High Sheriff of Staffordshire in 1784.



WILLIAMSONS
ENGLAND
mark used c.1928+

GRECIAN is a trade name



BEST BONE
HEATHCOTE CHINA
MADE IN ENGLAND 
mark used c.1928+



MADE IN ENGLAND
HEATHCOTE CHINA
BEST BONE
mark used c.1928+


 

 


WILLIAMSONS
LONGTON 
ENGLAND

 mark introduced c.1903 and shown in a 1947 trade directory


English
Best Bone China 

the mark on the left is certainly that of H. M Williamson & Sons - this mark above is likely to be an earlier version

both of these marks show a globe with an angel (or man) holding a pennant with the St. George's Cross

 


 

1898 map showing the top of Heathcote Road where it joins Gold Street and Cooke Street
1898 map showing the top of Heathcote Road where it joins Gold Street and Cooke Street
Williamson's works is marked in blue and the adjacent Falcon Pottery works is marked in red

 


 

1907 trade map showing the Williamson's works and the adjacent Falcon Pottery works
1907 trade map showing the Williamson's works (marked in blue)
and the adjacent Falcon Pottery works
(marked in red)
 


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