Bishop & Stonier


Location and period of operation:

Bishop & Stonier





China and Earthenware manufacturer at the Stafford Street Works, the Church Works and the Waterloo Works, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, England.
  • Bishop and Stonier were successors of a number of companies firstly established in 1851. 

  • Earthenware was made at the Stafford Steet Works (the head office) and the Church Works. China was made at the Waterloo Works

  • The previous partners (Edwin Powell and Frederick Bishop) died in 1890 and 1891 and this new partnership was formed between James Watson Bishop and John Stonier to form Bishop & Stonier. 

  • John Stonier dies in 1900 and the business was continued by James Watson Bishop - the name 'Bishop & Stonier' was retained. 

  • In 1914 and again in 1926 the company got into financial difficulties and a Liquidator was appointed for the purpose of winding up - however the company managed to continue trading. 

  • In 1933 the business was bought out by George Jones and Sons Ltd. Manufacture was moved to their Crescent Pottery, the name Bishop & Stonier was kept.  

  • Around 1936 the name 'Stonier' was dropped from the back stamp.

  • The business closed in 1939 and did not reopen after the war.   


James Watson Bishop

John Stonier 


Formerly: Powell, Bishop & Stonier

also see:




The sun never sets on Bisto Ware
Bishop & Stonier

The Pottery Gazette - January 1906



Bishop & Stonier Ltd
Hanley, Staffs

The Pottery Gazette - February 1913



Bishop and Stonier, china and earthenware manufacturers

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



The London Gazette
8th January 1901

Notice of the dissolution of the partnership between
James Watson Bishop and Mary Stonier, William Henry Bishop
and William Stonier Yates (as executors of John Stonier, deceased)

the business was continued by James Watson Bishop



The London Gazette
24th March 1914

notice of appointment of Liquidator


The London Gazette
3rd August 1926

notice of appointment of Liquidator 




transfer-ware plate by Bishop & Stonier in the Perceval Pattern

"A printed/painted and moulded design, the centre a bunch of flowers, the border with trailing blossom runners, the rim with shell and scroll moulding"


Perceval is the pattern name

the registration number 83171 shows that the pattern was first registered on 28th July 1890 by the previous company - Powell, Bishop & Stonier - however the trade name BISTO was used by Bishop & Stonier

photos courtesy: Shirley Gibson




washset in the Avondale pattern 



tureens in the CYPRUS pattern 


the registration number 43546 dates from 1904 



Boscobel Pattern Tureen set 
marked Bishop And Stonier England / Imperial Semi Porcelain. 

Bishop & Stonier began producing Aztec Ware in the 1920's, 

This large fruit bowl or punch bowl perhaps measures 10 1/4 inches in diameter, and just over 5 inches in height.  
It features a Shakespearian repeating pattern of attendants and verse that reads: "May good digestion wait on appetite and health on both better be merry with the fruitful grape than sadder after none, or bitter, fruit.  Unborn to-morrow and dead."






Marks used on ware for identification:

B & S


[trade name]


[trade name]

B & S

'Avondale' is the pattern name

the registration number 174406 dates from 1892 

printed marks used c.1891- 1936.....

Oriental Ivory

This mark  was registered as a trade mark by 
Powell, Bishop & Stonier in 1880 the mark was also used by 
subsequent partnerships including Bishop & Stonier.


'Falstaff' is the pattern name 

This mark (Caduceus) was registered as a trade mark by Powell & Bishop in 1876 the mark was also used by subsequent partnerships including Bishop & Stonier.

Caduceus: A winged staff with two serpents twined around it, carried by Hermes (Greek God) it is a symbol of commerce.

- see Wikipedia article on the Caduceus


The "BISTO" trade name was only used by Bishop and Stonier and often appeared (but not always) with the two marks shown above.


printed marks used c.1899 - 1936.....

Imperial Semi Porcelain
Bishop & Stonier

Imperial Semi Porcelain
Bishop & Stonier
'GRANT' is the pattern name 

the staff and serpents mark appears
in the shield on this style of mark


Ironstone China
Bishop & Stonier

these two printed marks are similar in style
 to those first introduced by Powell & Bishop





Made in 

marks with only the name BISHOP and not
'Bishop & Stonier' date from 1936-39 



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Questions, comments, contributions: : Steve Birks