W H Grindley & Co (Ltd)






 

Location and period of operation:

W H Grindley & Co (Ltd)

Tunstall

1880

1991

 

Earthenware manufacturer at the Newfield Pottery and then the Woodland Pottery, Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent, England 

  • The company was founded at the Newfield Pottery in 1880 by William Harry Grindley (principal partner). 
    Mr Turner and Mr Alfred Meakin were also involved. 

  • Early adverts stated that they produced Earthenware and Ironstone China - particularly for the Canadian, United States, South American and Australian markets.

  • In March 1883 Alfred Meakin left the partnership. 

  • In 1891 the company moved to the Woodland Pottery, Woodland Street, Tunstall. 

  • In 1908 W. H. Grindley set up a sister company - The Grindley Hotel Ware Co

  • The founder, William Harry Grindley, died in 1924.

  • In 1960 Alfred Clough Ltd purchased W. H. Grindley, who continued to trade under their own name as part of the 'Alfred Clough Group'

  • In the 1960 Pottery Gazette directory the company officers are listed as:    Director & Commerical Manager  - B. Powner, Export Sales Manager - A. E. Nierinck, Home Sales Manager - F. Spooner.

  • In 1978 the name of the Clough Group was changed to Grindley of Stoke (Ceramics) Ltd.  

  • In 1982 W. H. Grindley, Cartwright & Edwards and other group assets were sold to the United Kingdom Provident Institution and the company became a member of the newly formed Federated Potteries Co. Ltd. 

  • The assets of Federated Potteries were dispersed in 1987 and in January 1988 the management of Grindley's purchased the business and recommenced trading under the W. H. Grindley & Co. Ltd. name.

  • The business had financial difficulties and 1991 saw the company in the hands of the receivers.


Sister company: The Grindley Hotel Ware Co

 


The London Gazette
18th April 1884

 
Notice that Alfred Meakin had left the business
which continued as W. H. Grindley & Company
 

 


 


W H Grindley & Co
Newfield Pottery, 
Tunstall, Staffordshire

Kelly & Co Directory - 1880 

courtesy: R. K. Henrywood "Staffordshire Potters 1781-1900"

 


 


W H Grindley & Co
Earthenware Manufacturers
Newfield Pottery, Tunstall, Staff

Pottery Gazette, December 1880 

 



Lower Woodland Street
Tunstall
 


Grindley, W H & Co.,
earthenware manufacturers
Woodland Pottery

from..... 1907 Staffordshire Sentinel 
'Business Reference Guide to The Potteries, Newcastle & District'

 


 

Typical examples of ware produced:

A 1880 adverts lists...

Home Trade - Printed and decorated earthenware in White Celedon and Ivory Bodies. Jet ware, dinner and toilet sets, jugs, teapots, &c.

Foreign Trade - Printed and enamelled dinner and toilet ware. Ironstone China, suitable for the United States, Canada and South American Markets. 

The entry in the 1951 Pottery Gazette Reference Book records that the company produced...

"Earthenware and Vitified Ware - breakfast, dinner, tea, coffee, hotel, canteen, oven, kitchen, nursery ware; sandwich, supper, fruit, salad sets; baged ware; bread containers; casseroles; cereal bowls; cheese dishes; cigarette sundries; hors d'oeuvre sets; hospital ware; measuring jugs; mixing bowls; mocca cups; pallettes; pudding, salad bowls; teapots."

The 1956 entry lists...

"Earthenware and Vitified Ware - breakfast, dinner, tea, coffee, hotel, canteen ware; sandwich, supper, fruit, salad sets; badged ware."

The 1960 entry lists...

"Earthenware and Vitified Ware - dinner ware, tea ware, badged ware, beakers, breakfast ware, canteen and hotel ware, coffee ware, cups (egg), cups (mocca), dishes (meat), dishes (veg.), fruit or desert sets, scallops (covered). 

 


platter in the 'Spring' pattern

the registration number 51058 shows that the pattern 'Spring'
was registered on the 18th June 1886 by 
W. H. Gindley & Co, Tunstall, New Field Pottery 

 


W. H. Grindley & Co
Tunstall

The use of the town name "TUNSTALL"  indicates a date prior to 1891.

 


 


platter in the 'Lambeth' pattern 

W. H. Grindley & Co
England

The use of "ENGLAND"  indicates a date of 1891 onwards

this style of mark - 
c.1891 - 1914

 


 


white ironstone covered serving dish

Royal Ironstone China
W. H. Grindley & Co
England

c.1891 - 1925

mark incorporating the Royal Arms

 




white ironstone wash set
the jug was produced by The Grindley Hotel Ware Co and the bowl by W.H. Grindley & Co

photos courtesy: Chuck Baker


Grindley Hotel Ware
England
Vitrified

c.1908-20s

 

 


Ironstone China
W. H. Grindley & Co
England

c.1914-25

 

 


 


trio in the Bundarra pattern

Creampetal
Grindley
England

c.1936-54

 


 

 


Grindley cup & saucer - windmill pattern

Grindley
Tunstall
England

this style of mark with the sailing ship was introduced around 1936
this example is unusual in that it has the town name TUNSTALL - probably from c.1936-40

photos courtesy: Megan at My Butlers Pantry


 

 

   
Grindley egg cups

 


 


plate in the Strathcona pattern

Marlborough
Royal Petal
Grindley 
England

c.1954+

 


 

 


cup & saucer in white granite vitrified - CONCORD style

mark on the cups

 


mark on the saucers

 


 

 

 

Marks used on ware for identification:

Trade names listed in the 1951 Pottery Gazette Reference Book: 'Almondpetal' Ware; 'Creampetal' Ware; 'Hercules' Vitrified Ware; 'Laburnumpetal' Ware; 'Peachpetal' Ware; 'Marlborough' Royalpetal. 

Additional trade names listed in 1956.... 'Lupinpetal' Ware; 'Cavalier Leafs'; 'Azure'; 'Myrtle'; 'Golden'; 'Rose'.  

 

 

Grindley Hotel Ware Co

Marks which say Hotel Ware were made by the
 sister company - The Grindley Hotel Ware Co

 


 


Grindley & Co
Tunstall

printed belt mark with the pattern name

c.1880-91

 



the registration number 51058 shows that the pattern 'Spring'
was registered on the 18th June 1886 by 
W. H. Gindley & Co, Tunstall, New Field Pottery 

 

       
W. H. Grindley & Co
Tunstall

printed mark of a globe and steamer boat as a Trade Mark
generally includes the pattern name 

c.1880-91

The use of the town name "TUNSTALL"  indicates a date prior to 1891.

 


     
W. H. Grindley & Co
England

printed mark of a globe and steamer boat as a Trade Mark
generally includes the pattern name 

c.1891 - 1914

The use  "ENGLAND"  indicates a date 1891 onwards

 



Royal Ironstone China
W. H. Grindley & Co
England

c.1891 - 1925

mark incorporating the Royal Arms


    


W. H. Grindley & Co
England

Ironstone China
W. H. Grindley & Co
England

Grindley's Semi-China
Tea Sets  
England

c.1914-25 

 


 

       
W. H. Grindley & Co Ltd
England

c.1925+ 

Note: from 1925 'LTD' was added

 


Windsor Ivory

Ivory

the registration number 727554 shows that the pattern was registered  in 1928

 


 


Grindley
Tunstall
England

this style of mark with the sailing ship was introduced around 1936 
this example is unusual in that it has the town name TUNSTALL  probably from c.1936-40

 

 

             

c.1936-54

mark with a sailboat in a frame, slight variations occur  

 


 


W. H. Grindley & Co Ltd
England
Staffordshire Ironstone

probably used in the 1950's 


 

          

c.1954+

mark with a sailboat in a shield, slight variations occur  

 


 

     
Royal Tudor
Made in England
by
Grindley of Stoke 

1978-82

In 1978 the name of the Clough Group (which Grindley was part of) 
was changed to Grindley of Stoke (Ceramics) Ltd.

 

the name ROYAL TUDOR was originally used by Barker Bros (who also became part of the Clough Group) 
- it continued to be used by sucessor businesses including Grindley of Stoke (1972-1982) 
and Federated Potteries (1982-87) 


 


Royal Tudor
by
Federated
Potteries
Staffordshire
England

1982-87 

Royal Tudor was a trade name of Barker Bros and then W. H. Grindley, 
in 1982 Grindley  became a member of the newly formed Federated Potteries Co. Ltd. 

 


 


White Granite Vitrified
W.H.G
W. H. Grindley & Co Ltd
England

White Granite Vitrified
Grindley
W. H. Grindley & Co Ltd
Staffordshire, England

Grindley
W. H. Grindley & Co Ltd
Staffordshire, England

uncertain date

 


  

 

The Newfield Pottery

W. H. Grindley at the Newfield Pottery from 1880 to 1891 

 

  
1879 map of the Sandyford & Newfield area - just north of the town of Tunstall 

Newfield Pottery was originally in the hands of William Adams - in 1880 W. H. Grindley took over the works until 1891
The Newfield pottery is highlighted in red, across the road was the Boston works (operated by Jabez Blackhurst).   

 


 


The Newfield pottery - March 1964
- when this photo was taken the works were beging operated by Alfred Meakin

Mr Bert Bentley - Creator
Image courtesy of: Stoke on Trent City Archives.

"Alfred Meakin's Newfield Pottery stood on High Street between Tunstall and Sandyford in the area known as Newfield. Just to the right of the photograph were Newfield Sidings, at the end of the Newfield Branch off the Loop Line.

Newfield Pottery was originally in the hands of William Adams, later W H Grindley and after 1930, Alfred Meakin & Co. who added it to their existing Royal Albert, Victoria and Highgate works.

The works were put up for sale in the early 1980s. Most of the site was cleared although parts of the frontages in the centre of the photograph still stand as part of Newfield Industrial Estate."

- Staffordshire Past Track



 


The frontage of the Newfield pottery is retained in the Newfield Industrial Estate

Google Maps 2012 


 

   
1929 photo of the
Newfield pottery on the High Street, Tunstall
in the bottom left is the Boston works

courtesy: Britain from Above
 


The Woodland Pottery

W. H. Grindley moved to the Woodland pottery in 1891 

 


1925 map showing the Woodland pottery

 


 

 


The Woodland pottery - January 1964

Creator: Mr Bert Bentley - Creator
Image courtesy of: Stoke on Trent City Archives.

 

"W H Grindley's Woodland Pottery in Lower Woodland Street. The photograph was taken from Lambert Street (known as Garden Street until the 1950s). 

In the 1990's the area was redeveloped, the pottery was demolished, Lower Woodland Street disappeared and the site used for a supermarket. Washington Street, off to the right, remains. The building on the left, with the Morris Minor car parked outside, was the company offices.

W H Grindley manufactured earthenware in Tunstall from 1880 until 1991, producing ironstone china particularly for sale in North and South America and Australia."

- Staffordshire Past Track

 


 

 
1926 photo of the Woodland pottery, Tunstall
The Woodland pottery is the far left of the photo and the Pinnox Tile works in the centre

courtesy: Britain from Above


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