William Bourne & Co


Location and period of operation:

William Bourne & Co





Earthenware manufacturer at the Bell Works (also called the Brickhouse Works), Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, England
  • Josiah Wedgwood rented the Bell Works from the Adams family of potters. After Wedgwood relocated to Etruria the works were occupied by William Bourne  - he was tenant there in 1809.  

  • In William Bourne entered into a short lived partnership with a potter named Cormie as Bourne & Cormie



Plate in the traditional Willow Pattern

photo courtesy:  Debra Patten



Marks used on ware for identification:

Imperial Stone China
W. B. & C.


NOTE: Godden (Encyclopaedia of British Pottery and Porcelain Marks)
records a blue Willow pattern plate marked with "W.B. & C. Staffordshire"
and attributes this to W. Bourne & Co.



The 'Bell Works' Burslem

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