SAMUEL ALCOCK & CO
Manufacturer of porcelain, parian and earthenware at Cobridge and Burslem, c.1828-59
Samuel Alcock (1799–1848) was a leading pottery manufacturer based in Burslem, Staffordshire in the mid 19th century.
Samuel (also spelt Samual in some contemporary references), born in Kingsley, Staffordshire, was the youngest of the nine children of Thomas (1746–1816) and Catherine Alcock (1756–1838).
Samuel Alcock & Co.
Though from a farming background, he developed an interest in commerce after working with his uncle Joseph Locker, a grocer, tea dealer, provision dealer, chandler and banker of the Market Square, Hanley. His introduction to pottery came when he embarked upon a partnership with Ralph Stevenson of Cobridge, Staffordshire. By the 1830s Stevenson employed 600 people at his works.
In 1828, Alcock developed his own business and began work on the Hill Top site in Cobridge. In 1839 he completed work on a large factory, built in the Venetian style, on the junction of Westport Road and Greenhead Street. In November of that year a party to celebrate the opening was held at the George Hotel and on 10 June 1840 a Grand Ball was hosted by the firm. Over two hundred guests attended and they danced to the Duke of Sutherland’s Quadrille Band. The novelist Arnold Bennett called these works “Sytch Pottery” in the Clayhanger book.
SAML ALCOCK & CO
|Various name-marks with place-name ‘Cobridge’ employed during 1828-59 period.|
ALCOCK & CO
|Numerous name-marks with place-name ‘Burslem’ were employed during 1830-59 period.Other marks incorporate, or consist of, the initials ‘S A & Co’|
|Impressed marks on ironstone earthenwares, recently found on the factory site; one piece is dated 1839.|