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Churchill China of Stoke on Trent
One of the world’s major manufacturers of high quality ceramic tableware for the catering industry.
1795 Sampson Bridgwood first manufactured earthenware in Longton
1818 "Blue Willow" pattern first made – still in production today
1922 Edward Roper bought James Broadhurst (est. 1870) in Fenton
1980 First manufactured vitrified hotelware
1984 Group renamed Churchill. The Roper Brothers were responsible for the acquisition of Moorcroft.
1991 Acquired Myott-Meakin (Staffordshire) Ltd.
1993 Churchill China plc incorporated
1994 Listed on the London Stock Exchange
2000 Took over the name (but not the works) of the James Sadler and Sons pottery and moved some limited production to the former Myott works in Crane Street, Cobridge. The company had 4 factories in the Potteries; Andrew Roper was managing director at this time.
The Roper family still hold a significant share of the business, ensuring the traditional values of the company remain upheld.
2019 Churchill purchased the Dudson brand plus intellectual property for Harvest and Evo collections.