of The China Works, Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. Telephone: Hanley 4731. Cables: "Hughes, China, Fenton"
China manufacturer at the Opal China Works, Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent from 1889 (1886?) to 1941 and 1941 to 1953.
- Edward Hughes moved from Shropshire to Stoke-on-Trent, according to the 1861 to 1881 census he was a charter master (contracting coal miners).
- 1886/7 Edward Hughes built and managed the factory.
- 1889 (perhaps as early as 1886) He set up business with his son-in-law Enoch Massey (who married his daughter Sarah Ann) as E. Hughes and Co at the Opal China Works, Fenton.
- 1929 Listed Exhibitor. Manufacturers of superior Thin Bone China Tea, Breakfast, Morning and Coffee Sets, in exquisite exclusive decorations. Household, Café and Hotel Ware. Brand "Paladin China". Monomark BCM/HUGHES 
- 1939 Hughes (Fenton) Ltd incorporated.
- 1940 The company was renamed Hughes (Fenton) Ltd.
- 1941 The works was closed for the duration of the Second World War. Edward Hughes' son, Frederick Stuart Hughes managed the company until 1941, when the wartime closure occurred. Frederick Stuart Hughes died, aged 72, on July 14.
- Post-WWII. Another Edward Hughes managed the factory after the war, until 1953, when it was taken over by Adderleys.
- 1946 After the war it was re-licenced and continued to operate until 1953.
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