John Ashwell & Co


Location and period of operation:

John Ashwell & Co

Lane End




Earthenware manufacture at the Anchor Works, Lane End, Stoke-on-Trent, England
  • The partners were John Ashwell and Charles Cooper. 

  • Jewitt's 'Ceramic Art of Great Britain' records that 'these works in Market Street were carried on by T. & J. Carey from about 1823 until 1843, when they came into the possession of John Ashwell, who occupied them for about thirteen years.' However Pigot's trade directory records Ashwell & Co. at the Anchor Works in 1835 - it may be that at some time Ashwell shared the works with the Carey brothers, it was not uncommon for manufacturers to share works. 

  • Charles Cooper left the business in January 1845, probably as a result of ill health as he died in June of that year, aged 62. [Staffordshire Advertiser]. Ashwell continued. 

  • Aswell stopped manufacturing and retired in 1856, he sold his house 'Lightwood Villa' in Longton and in October 1856 adverised the pattern engravings for sale. [Staffordshire Advertiser]


The London Gazette
14 January 1845

notice that Charles Cooper left the business, John Ashwell continued 


brown pottery jug with pewter lid

The jug is decorated with monkeys in human costume decorate the body. The handle is a figure and beneath the spout is the bearded face of a god.

The mark on the bottom is difficult to make out through the glaze, but it features a ship's anchor, and "Ashwell & Co., Lane End."


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