Aynsley and Sons, Ltd, Longton, Staffordshire 1864-1971

Pictured: Aynsley’s Portland Works in Sutherland Road, Longton

Part of the Waterford Glass Co. Ltd

Aynsley -  Prince of Wales works
Aynsley – Prince of Wales works

Purchased by the Aynsley Group PLC in1987 who then purchased names and patterns of Hammersley China Ltd, and Palissy Pottery Ltd. 1989

  • Later mark includes name Aynsley with England from 1891
  • ‘Ltd’ from 1933

John Aynsley & Sons (ltd)

Longton 1864 – present

Portland Works, Longton, Stoke-on-Trent.

John Aynsley was born in Union Street, Longton, in 1823, the son of James Aynsley and Charlotte nee Anderson, he died at Portland House, Blythe Bridge, on 7 February 1907.

His grandfather, also called John Aynsley, came to the Potteries from Northumberland, and was in business as a maker of lustre ware, the first in Longton, in a factory on the site of Longton market. (1775).

  • In 1861 John Aynsley built the Portland works in Sutherland Road, Longton.
  • 1929 Listed Exhibitor. Manufacturers of Chinaware in Tea, Dessert, Breakfast and Dinner Sets; also Art China, Decorated and Lustre Ware; Nursery China; Hotel, Cafe and Badged Ware for Institutions, etc. (Stand No. F.18)

John Aynsley was born in Union Street, Longton, in 1823, the son of James Aynsley and Charlotte nee Anderson, he died at Portland House, Blythe Bridge, on 7 February 1907.

  • 1933 became Limited company
  • 1948 officially listed on the Stock Exchange
  • 1969 acquired Denton China (Longton) Limited 1945-1968
  • 1970 Spode Limited made an unsuccessful bid to buy John Aynsley and Sons Limited
  • 1970 Oct taken over by Waterford Glass Company Limited, Eire
  • 1971 renamed Aynsley China Limited
  • 1977 bought Sydney Works, Sutherland Road, Longton
  • 1980 bought Alsager Works, Sutherland Road, Longton
  • 1986 Josiah Wedgwood & Sons Limited taken over by Waterford Glass Group Pic, Eire
  • 1987 Dec Management Group known as Aynsley Group Pic bought Aynsley China Limited from Waterford Glass Group PLC
  • 1989 July bought Parkhall Works, Sutherland Road, Longton
  • 1989 Aug trade names and patterns of Hammersley China Limited and Palissy Pottery Limited bought from The Porcelain and Fine China Companies Limited, owners of Spode Limited and Royal Worcester Limited
  • 1989 retailing bone china with Hammersley China Limited patterns and backstamp

Initials used on ware for identification:

AYNSLEY

aynsley

After 1891 the name ‘ENGLAND’ was added.

some marks carry the wording ‘est. 1775’
(John Aynsley I, of Lane End (Longton) started his works in 1775)

hammersley

 

Credits:
http://www.thepotteries.org/
http://collections.vam.ac.uk/

Aynsley and Sons, Ltd, Longton, Staffordshire 1864-1971
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