Frederick Winkle & Co (Ltd)


Location and period of operation:

F Winkle & Co (Ltd) 

Stoke / Fenton




Earthenware manufacturer at the Colonial Pottery, Whieldon Road, Stoke, Stoke-on-Trent, England

  • Frederick Winkle and William Wood had originally been in business together as Wood, Hines & Winkle and then Winkle & Wood at the Pearl Pottery in Hanley.

  • In 1888 Winkle and Wood jointly opened the purpose built Colonial Pottery Works in Whieldon Road on the border of Stoke and Fenton.

  • In 1890 Frederick Winkle continued on his own at the Colonial Pottery and Wood continued at the Pearl Pottery works, Hanley.

  • By the early 1900's the business was owned by the Hewitt brothers - William and Joseph; (who were later also the owners of Barker Bros in Longton). The business continued under the name F Winkle & Co Ltd.

  • c. 1911 the business was incorporated as a Limited Company.  'Ltd'. 

  • In 1931 the business of F. Winkle & Co Ltd was taken over by Ridgways (Bedford Works) Ltd who took the manufacturing in-house. 

  • The Colonial Pottery Works was taken by a new company - Whieldon Sanitary Potteries Ltd - who in turn became (around 1949) a subsidiary pf Doulton & Co.

  • The works were demolished c.2000. 




F. Winkle & Co Ltd
Colonial Pottery, Stoke-on-Trent
Manufacturers of General Earthenware
New and Original Designs in
Toilets, Dinner, and Suite Ware
Specialities for Ship and Hotel Use

The Pottery Gazette - 1st January 1913 




Initials and names used on ware for identification:

F W & Co




Winkle used the trade name 'Whieldon Ware'
after the name of a famous 18th Century 
potter Thomas Whieldon who lived and worked
in this area.

The road that Winkle's Colonial Pottery was
situated on is called Whieldon Road



19th century brown transfer ware ironstone vase in the Aesthetic Movement pattern "Versaille" 

  F W & Co
early mark without the country of origin:- "ENGLAND"

VERSAILLE is the pattern name

photos courtesy: Oak Leaf Antiques.




transferware jug in an aesthetic style pattern 

F W & Co

the registration number 27608 shows that the pattern was originally registered on the 30th May 1885 to Wood, Hines & Winkle at the Pearl Pottery, Brook Street, Hanley 




tea set in the Matlock pattern - transferware with gold accents 

F W & Co

the registration number 334325 shows that the pattern was registered on the 24th February 1899 


photos courtesy: Clea Reynolds




transfer decorated mug in the Shelly pattern 

F. Winkle & Co

c. 1890-1910
several marks used the Winkle name in full
'Ltd' was added from 1911 

photos courtesy:  Jen Knodell




transfer decorated chamber pot in the Kingston pattern 

Whieldon Ware
F. Winkle & Co Ltd


several marks used the Winkle name in full - this style of mark was used from 1908 -  'Ltd' was added from 1911 

photos courtesy:  Justin Gentle




fragment bearing the F. Winkle & Co mark found
on the beach at North Haven Island, Maine, USA

the registration number 27608 shows that the pattern was originally registered 
on the 30th May 1885 to Wood, Hines & Winkle at the Pearl Pottery, Brook Street, Hanley 


photo courtesy: Kaitlyn Kirby 




F. Winkle
& Co Ltd


Shard found on the beach in Whitby, Yorkshire, England [2023] 

The ware shown was produced for and supplied to the British Government; it was ultimately property of the Crown/Government. 

F. Winkle (and others) were given government contracts throughout the late 1900s (WWI) and produced canteen ware - most likely for the armed services.

The ‘W’ within the diamond relates to the products being commissioned and produced for the Office of Works. This mark is there to distinguish the piece from being normal ‘utilitarian’ ware for public sale or belonging to anyone organisation. 

photo courtesy: Tim Cooper 


follow these links for more information:-



The Colonial Pottery

Winkle and Wood's factory was situated alongside the Trent and Mersey canal 
In the foreground is Whieldon Road.

1893 trade journal article on Winkle



Related pages..

Winkle & Wood's Colonial Pottery

Mount Pleasant! The very name evokes Englishness with a tinge of Norman chivalry sufficient to enchant the imagination back to baronial times, castle-keeps and sheriffs, pastoral landscapes, parish lore, and village peace.

Grove Road, Heron Cross, Great Fenton - Early potters walked the track from Lower Lane to Lane Delph:
It is not at all fanciful to speculate that a number of famous and early potters journeyed along the track which is today known as Whieldon Road, Grove Road and Duke Street.

Thomas Whieldon 1719-1795 a Master Potter who influenced and taught the famous potters Ralph & Aaron Wood and Josiah Spode. He was in partnership with Josiah Wedgwood. 



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