Dunn, Bennett & Co


Location and period of operation:

Dunn, Bennett & Co


1876 (78?)



Manufacturer of earthenware and ironstone at a number of sites, originally in Hanley and then (from 1886) in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent

  • Established in 1876 by William Dunn and his son-in-law William Wood-Bennett.

  • Dunn Bennett manufactured earthenware and Ironstone for both the home and American markets.

  • c.1908 Incorporated as a limited company.

  • 1914 directory listing for Dunn Bennett - "Manufacturers of hotel china. Specialities: patent unchippable surface plates and dishes chiefly adapted for use in hotels, cafés, hydros, clubs and on board ship; tea and coffee pots, vegetable dishes, meat dishes and factors of glass tumblers, decanters, wine glasses etc. Employees 500." 

  • Became part of the Royal Doulton Group in 1968 joining Doulton Fine China Ltd (both producing hotel and catering ware).

  • In 1992 Royal Doulton Tableware sold its vitrified hotel ware businesses (Dunn-Bennett and Steelite) to a management buy out.

  • The last occupied works (Dalehall Works) of Dunn Bennett became the site of the new Steellite hotel ware manufacturing and warehousing site. 




Works occupied by Dunn Bennett:- 


Boothen Works, Brook Street, Hanley:  1878-87

The Hill Works, Burslem:  1886 -

Royal Victoria Works, Liverpool Road, Burslem:  1887 - 

The Dalehall Works, Burslem:  c.1937-1998




Dunn, Bennett & Co.
Boothen Works, Brook Street, Hanley

 The Pottery Gazette, American and Canadian Edition, January 1st 1880



Initials used on ware for identification:

D. B. & CO.


D. B. & CO. LTD
[LTD from 1907 onward]

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The Hill Works - occupied by Dunn Bennett from 1886

The Dalehall Works - occupied by Dunn Bennett from 1937

Dunn Bennett ware

 Dunn Bennett marks & dates


The Dalehall Works of Dunn Bennett & Co
The Dalehall Works of Dunn Bennett & Co

early marks incorporated a Bee Hive
(oftern used to indicate industry)

Dunn, Bennett & Co - wash bowl & jung in the ARGOSY pattern  

photo: Alan Williams



Ironstone catering ware supplied for the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company, Burma

Wikipedia article


photo courtesy: Bob Hudson (jug found in junk shop in Mandalay)


canteen plate produced for the 
Union Steam Ship Company of New Zealand Limited


the 7:46 is the month/year of manufacturer
i.e. July 1946

photos courtesy: Anne Ratcliffe


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