John Chew


Location and period of operation:

John Chew





China manufacturer at the Mill Street Works, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent

  • Previously John Chew was in partnership with John Aynsley, Joseph Chew Snr, Frederick John Ridgway and Joseph Aynsley in the earthenware business H. Aynsley & Co. at the Commerce Street Works

  • Subsequently he was a partner in Stubs Bros. and John Chew (Longton) Ltd - still operating from the Mill Street Works.

John Chew's family: 

  • John Chew's father, Joseph was an earthenware stilt and spur manufacturer. 

  • His younger brother, Joseph, was described in the 1891 census as a ‘book-keeper’.

  • James Aynsley Chew (John’s older brother), was recorded as ‘assisting father’ in Stilt and Spur manufactory in the 1881 census but died in 1888 aged 25. 

  • John Chew's maternal grandfather, James Aynsley is described as ‘publican’ in the 1841 census.


Previously: Boulton & Co. 

Subsequently: Stubbs Bros and John Chew Ltd



John Chew tea set in the Clyde pattern
John Chew tea set in the Clyde pattern 

John Chew tea set in the Trent pattern  
John Chew tea set in the Trent pattern 



Initials and marks used on ware for identification:


initials sometime appearing as 
an impressed mark inside a diamond

- the L is for the town name of Longton -



'TRENT' is the pattern name




1898 map showing the location of the Mill Street Works in blue

Mill Street is shown in red 
(it was subsequently named Edensor Road - which it merged into)

The Commerce Street Works where John Chew was previously a partner
in the pottery business of H. Aynsley & Co is shown in green


Questions, comments,contributions? Steve Birks