Hostess Tableware Ltd


Location and period of operation:

Hostess Tableware Ltd



1973 (1982?)


Manufacturer of bone china and earthenware, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, England
  • China was manufacturered at the Cobden Works and earthenware at the Anchor Works, both in Longton.

  • Hostess Tableware had been a brand name of the British Anchor Pottery Co. Ltd since the 1960's.

  • In June 1970 the Gailey Group Ltd (owners of British Anchor Pottery) acquired control of Thomas Poole & Gladstone China Ltd (TPGC Ltd) and they folded their British Anchor business into the acquisition.

  • TPGC Ltd adopted its new owner's Hostess Tableware brand, registering the name as Hostess Tableware Ltd and using it as the umbrella for the group's pottery interests including British Anchor earthenware and Royal Stafford bone china.

  • In 1973 TPGC Ltd sold Hostess Tableware Ltd to Alfred Clough Ltd and Hostess Tableware Ltd became a member of the Clough Group. 

  • The business was subsequently part of Grindley of Stoke (Ceramics) Ltd, but was closed in 1982 when the Grindley businesses were dispersed. 

Source: Handbook of British Pottery Manufacturers 1900-2010; Michael Perry 



teaset in the Camelot pattern 

Hostess Tableware
Fine Earthenware Staffs England
Shape & Design by John Russell

Camelot (designed by John Russell) 
was originally produced by British Anchor Pottery Ltd



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