In looking into the story of Winifred Aspinall and one of her tea cup and saucers, I came by chance upon the story of the family who owned the works Longton Hall in Stoke-on-Trent who decorated it. It struck me that only does the tea set hold the story of the person who owned it, but of course each item has also captured the proud heritage of those who worked in the potteries and they in turn have their own story. As I am collecting stories of tea set owners I was pleased to learn somebody else is compiling the stories of the pottery makers.
Peter Ferneyhough has written about the Longton Hall works, which was founded by his Great Grandfather in 1873 as part of the “Made in England project”. The mosaic that forms part of the project is described by Emma Biggs on her website as “a celebration of the Stoke-on-Trent ceramics industry and its history. The mosaic incorporates a range of fragments displaying back stamps and potters marks, representing a wealth of stories and workmanship.” You can donate fragments of pottery with a back stamp to the project, which seems like a very creative way to deal with a broken plate, but I am pretty sure that Gail won’t be parting with her grandmother’s tea cup to the project.
You can find pictures of the mosaic at the website: http://www.emmabiggsmosaic.net
The project’s website, which includes the story of Longton Hall’s history by Peter Ferneyhough is at: http://www.made-in-England.net
If anybody has any stories that relate to the backstamps on any of the china that I am featuring I would love to hear about it.