William Bennett (Hanley) Ltd






 

Location and period of operation:

William Bennett

Hanley

1882  

1922

William Bennett (Hanley) Ltd

Hanley

1922  

1937

 

Earthenware manufacturer at the Cleveland Works, Victoria Road, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, England
  • William Bennett operated at the Cleveland Works which were purpose built for him in 1880.  

  • In 1922 the business must have faced financial difficulties as it was renamed William Bennett (Hanley) Ltd. 

  • In the 1930s, in order to try to imitate the success Clarice Cliff and Susie Cooper, William Bennett employed Mabel V Hodgkiss (a student of the Burslem School of Art) and was employed at William Bennett in the 1930's to design and decorate in the Deco style of the factories 'rivals'. 

  • The company stopped manufacturing in 1937 and was dissolved 16 December 1938


 


 


William Bennett
Earthenware Manufacturer
Victoria Road, Hanley, Staffordshire

The Pottery Gazette, January 1885 

 




Soap dish in the 'Kolo' pattern

1882-1922

 





hand coloured brown transfer ware jug in the fruit pattern

1882-1922

likely c. 1882-1900

 




large plate in the Vana ware

likely c. 1910-1920

 


 


Art Deco style mantel garniture 
by Mabel V Hodgkiss

1930's

 


 


hand decorated dessert bowl 


 

Marks and initials used on ware for identification:

Early marks have the initials WB and other marks include 'H' or Hanley - the town where the works were located.  Often the pattern name is included, sometimes a trade name 'Vana Ware' was used. These marks are 1882 to 1922.

After 1922 the marks include Hanley as part of the company name - 'William Bennett (Hanley) Ltd.' These marks are 1922 to 1937.

The trade name 'Cleve ware' was introduced in 1930.  

W.B.
H

 

W BENNETT
HANLEY

 

WILLIAM BENNETT
HANLEY




W Bennett
Hanley

Kolo is the pattern name

1882 -1922


W Bennett
Hanley

'Vana Ware' is a trade name

1882 -1922

 




W. B.
Hanley

FRUIT is the pattern name

1882 -1922

 


 


William Bennett
(Hanley) Ltd England
Mabel V Hodgkiss

Mabel V Hodgkiss was a student of the Burslem School of Art,
 she was employed at William Bennett in the 1930's to design 
and  decorate in the Deco style of the factories 'rivals'. 
Taking inspiration from Myott and Clarice Cliff, 
little is known of Mabel V Hodgkiss.




William Bennett
(Hanley) Limited 
England

printed mark used c. 1922-37


 


Cleve Ware 
printed mark used c.1930-37

 


 


1925 map showing the Cleveland Works on Victoria Road (now called College Road)

Blue - Washington Works of Wardle & Co
Red - Cleveland Works of William Bennett
Green - Atlas Works of Gosling & Gatensbury 

 




the frontage of the Cleveland Works

 


the entrance gate to the Cleveland Works

 


WB   1880    WB
Cleveland - Works

Ambrose Wood - Architect      E. Gibson - Builder

 


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