Thomas G. Booth


Location and period of operation:

Thomas Gimbert Booth 




Earthenware and ironstone manufacturer at the Church (Bank) works in the High Street, Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent

An 1880 advert reads: "manufacturer of earthenware, also best ironstone china for hotels' and ships' use, suitable for home, foreign and colonial markets"

  • Thomas Booth (the founder of the business) had died in 1872 and his son Thomas Gimbert Booth took over the business on his own account. The title became Thomas Booth & Son

  • In 1876 the business was renamed to Thomas Gimbert Booth

  • By 1881 the factory employed 50 Men, 60 Boys, 15 Women, and 30 Girls

  • In 1883 Thomas Gimbert's brother Frederick also joined the business which became T G & F Booth


Formerly Thomas Booth & Son

Subsequently T. G. & F. Booth


Thomas Gimbert Booth
Tunstall, Staffordshire

The Pottery Gazette, 1st July 1880 

green transferware plate in the Indian Ornament pattern

Cup and saucer in the JAPAN pattern 



tureen, lid and base in the CHAIN pattern 


bowl in the popular MADRAS pattern 

the pattern was first registered on 14 August 1872
by Thomas Booth & Co



Marks & initials used on ware for identification:




'Indian Ornament' is the pattern name


'JAPAN' is the pattern name




'MADRAS' is the pattern name
this and other patterns were produced by previous
and subsequent BOOTH companies

the registration diamond gives a date of registration 
of the pattern as 14 August 1872



'CHAIN' is the pattern name


- click the map for more information on the Church Bank Works - 


BOOTH, Thomas Gimbert (1850-1907), earthenware manufacturer, Tunstall. 

Thomas Gimbert Booth, born in June 1850, was the son of Thomas Booth who was a pottery manufacturer, of 
Knowles Works, Burslem in 1864 and of Church Bank Works about 1870. 

Thomas Gimbert Booth succeeded his father about 1876 and for a short time was in partnership with his brother Fred as T G & F Booth.

The business was registered as a limited company about 1898, and Thomas acted as Managing Director until 1904 then as Chairman. The firms produced good quality earthenware and became famous for its Royal Semi Porcelain, Silicon China and in the 20th century for its reproduction, in opaque earthenware, of 18th century Worcester porcelain. 

The factory employed 50 Men, 60 Boys, 15 Women, and 30 Girls in 1881. The firm continued until the1940's when it became Booth's and Colcloughs.

Thomas Gimbert Booth was elected to the Tunstall Local Board of Health in 1882 and served as chief 
bailiff from 1886-90. He supported the idea of a separate Potteries county and was one of Tunstall's first representatives on Staffordshire county council in 1889. His portrait, by John Nash Peake, hung in the council chamber. He was a churchman, a Conservative and bred racehorses. 

He lived in Wolstanton, then at Bradwell Lodge, Porthill, at May Bank Cottage in 1881, for some time after 1904 in Wellington, Shropshire and for the last six months of his life at Grace Dieu, 17 Knowsley Road, Southport, where he died on 17 September 1907 leaving a widow, Eliza. 

SOURCES: Census 1881, Dir. 1907; Staffs. Sentinel 7 October 1907 (obit.); People of the Potteries; Jewitt.


1881 census:

Dwelling: May Bank Cottage
Census Place: Wolstanton, Staffordshire, England


Marr | Age | Sex

  Birthplace Occupation
Thomas G. BOOTH M 30 M Head Tunstall Earthenware Manufacturer Employing 50 Men 60 Boys 15 Women 30 Girls
Eliza BOOTH M 31 F Wife Liverpool  
Lizzie BURGESS U 18 F Cousin Burslem  
Sarah GLOVER  U 35 F Serv Burslem  
Emiley BURGESS  U 19 F Cousin Norbury, Shropshire  

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