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Lingard, Webster and Co

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of Swan Pottery, Keile Street, Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. (1922)

of Swan Pottery, Hunt Street, Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. Telephone: Hanley 7069. (1929)

1900-1972

(Previously: Colclough and Lingard from 1887-1900)

Daniel Lingard joined with James Colclough, Pottery, Tunstall, c.1887 and then formed a company with James Webster (son-in-law to James Colclough) in 1900 (Colclough retained an interest in the works), which lasted until 1972.

They produced tea ware pottery and made their name with 'poor-mans-Crown Derby' - an Amari pattern pottery which was exported all over the world. They were very successful until the beginning of the second world war (1939), after which they had to compete with many other companies. They eventually went out of business when the pottery was pulled down to make way for a new roundabout road scheme in the centre of Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent.

Originally promoting themselves as "The Teapot Specialists of England Since 1867", they were noted for producing everyday tea service products and associated teawares. The Company made many fine novelty teapots in the period 1935-1955.

After the 1950s the firm ceased production of its novelty teapot range and concentrated on teapot wares, making normal type teapots.

By the time of Daniel Lingard's death in 1913 the company was named Lingard, Webster and Jones.

(The obituary refers to the firm as Lingard, Webster and Jones, and a 1954 newspaper article refers to Lingard, Jones and Webster.

  • 1922 Listed Exhibitor. Manufacturers of Teapots, Teapot Sets, Jugs, Sugars and Creams, Rose Bowls, Biscuit Jars, Vases, Clock Sets, and other Table Fancies. (Stand No. G.51) [1]
  • 1929 Listed Exhibitor. Manufacturers of Teapots both Plain and Decorated. Also Fancy Teapots and Teapot Sets with Table Fancies to match. Sole makers of the "Hook" and "Safe-Lid" Teapots. (Stand No. G.13) [2]


  • Note:
    • Clarice Cliff was apprenticed as an enameller in 1912, at Lingard Webster's factory, at a wage of one shilling a week. After three years she moved to work as a lithographer at Hollinshead and Kirkham.


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Sources of Information

  • [1] The Potteries Website