W H Grindley

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Sugar jar
"Portman" pattern, 19th century

W H Grindley was an English pottery company that made earthenware and ironstone tableware, including flow blue. The company was founded in 1880 by William Harry Grindley (b. 1859) of Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent.

The company was founded at the Newfield Pottery by Grindley and Alfred Meakin (connected to J. & G. Meakin company), but the partnership ended in 1884 and Grindley continued alone.[1] It moved to the Woodland Pottery in 1891.[2] William Harry Grindley died in 1926.[3]

W H Grindley was taken over by Alfred Clough in 1960,[4][2] and became known as Grindley of Stoke in 1978. The company bought Ceramix in 1980,[5] and was itself bought by Federated Potteries in 1982 before being bought back by W H Grindley in 1988. The company went into receivership in 1991 and was taken over by Woodlands Pottery.[6] Pattern books and records from 1880-1930 are in the Stoke-on-Trent City Archives.[7][8]


  1. ^ "Notices" (PDF). London Gazette. 18 April 1884. Retrieved 18 August 2012.
  2. ^ a b Godden, Geoffrey A. (1991). Encyclopaedia of British pottery and porcelain marks (2 ed.). Barrie and Jenkins. pp. 293–4. ISBN 0257657827.
  3. ^ "William Harry (Wally) (Grindley) GRINDLAY". Rootsweb. Ancestry.com. 4 April 2010. Retrieved 18 August 2012.
  4. ^ "Size determines value of flat back 'Daffodil platter'". Gettysburg Times. 16 May 2003.
  5. ^ "Company news and dividends". The Glasgow Herald. 3 January 1980. Retrieved 18 August 2012.
  6. ^ "W H Grindley and Company Limited". Collections Online. Science Museum Group. Retrieved 18 August 2012.
  7. ^ "Major accessions to repositories in 2008 relating to Business". National Archives. 2008. Retrieved 18 August 2012.
  8. ^ "WH Grindley & Co Ltd, earthenware manufacturers, Tunstall GB/NNAF/C95818". National Register of Archives. Retrieved 18 August 2012.

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