David Chapman & Sons
David Chapman & Sons (Stoke-on-Trent) Ltd


Location and period of operation:

David Chapman (& Sons)  
David Chapman & Sons (Stoke-on-Trent) Ltd 





China manufacturer at Longton and later at Stoke, Stoke-on-Trent, England
  • David Chapman had previously been in partnership with William Robinson as Robinson, Chapman & Co.

  • The Royal Porcelain Works  was on the corner of Forrister Street and Anchor Road, Longton. The works had been built as a "model factory" using steam power to drive much of the equipment.

  • By 1885 the works had been renamed to the Atlas Works. 

  • In 1888 the business was renamed David Chapman & Sons. 

  • In 1904 the business was renamed to David Chapman & Sons (Stoke-on-Trent) Ltd and moved manufacturing to Wolfe Street, Stoke - these works were also named 'Atlas Works'. 

  • In July 1905 the company was voluntarily wound up as it could not meet its liabilities. 

  • Subsequently the business became the Atlas China Co. Ltd. 

NOTE: There were two other china manufacturing companies in Longton with the name Chapman (probably unrelated): 

Chapman & Sons at Sutherland Road, Longton listed in 1896 and 1900 directories.

Chapman's (Longton) Ltd. at the Albert Works, Longton - operating 1916 to 1966. 


Previously: Robinson & Chapman


Subsequently: Atlas China Co. Ltd.





The London Gazette
18 August 1905


notice of the voluntarily winding up 








the registration number shows that the pattern was registered 31 January 1893 






hand painted trio 


mark appearing on the cup 



mark appearing on the saucer & plate 




two plates with identical pattern and different markings..... 


This mark is from the 1904/5 period  when the business was 
David Chapman & Sons (Stoke-on-Trent) Ltd


from mid 1905 the business became Atlas China Co. Ltd. 





1882 map showing the location of the  Royal Porcelain Works 

"Royal Porcelain Works, Forrester Street, Anchor Road (Messrs. Robinson & Chapman). These works have been built as a " model factory." All the throwing-wheels and jiggers are turned by steam power, and many other operations, which under the old system were done by manual labour, are here carried on by the aid of steam. China of a superior quality and style of decoration is produced at these works."

Ceramic Art of Great Britain - Llewellynn Jewitt - 1878



map courtesy: old-maps.co.uk 


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