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Anthony Shaw (Maker)

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1Anthony Shaw was born in 1828 at Cheddleton a farming community to the east of the Potteries in North Staffordshire. It is difficult to confirm anything of his early life and his name cannot be found in the 1851 census.  In White’s Directory published in July of 1851 He is listed as an earthenware manufacturer in Cross Street Tunstall, by 1852 he had moved to Newfield in Tunstall, where his pottery productions included a number of registered designs.  In The Staffordshire Advertiser, 10th January 1857 Newport House, (late in the occupation Joseph Alcock Esq.), and the adjacent Newport Pottery Work with six ovens (in the occupation of Messrs. William Davenport and Company), was advertised to let.  It seems likely that Shaw left Newfield and moved to the more spacious premises of Newport at this time. The census of We 1861 records that he is living in “Newport Hall” Burslem with his wife Jane, their four children and 4 servants including a “Groom” and a “Cook”.  His occupation is listed as “Earthenware Manufacturer employing 290 hands”.  On land between the house and the works, Shaw built a new factory which he called the Mersey Works where he carried on an extensive concern with a large part of the business being for the American market.  His son joined him in the business which continued to Anthony Shaw’s death in 1900. 

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