A brief history of Royal Worcester pottery

Royal Worcester began as an innovative porcelain manufacturer and is still producing today as part of the Portmeirion Group, alongside Portmeirion and Spode.

  • In 1751 Doctor John Wall and William Davies, a chemist, developed a unique method of making porcelain
  • In 1752 they obtain investment for a new factory at Warmstry House, Worcester, on the banks of the River Severn
  • In 1756 engraver Robert Hancock invents the process of transfer printing on porcelain
  • In 1789 King George III awarded Worcester its first Royal Warrant
  • In 1851 the company is named Worcester Royal Porcelain Company
  • In 1862 the company is named Royal Worcester
  • In 1976 Royal Worcester and Spode come under shared ownership
  • In 2009 the company is purchased by Portmeirion Pottery
Maker's marks for Royal Worcester
The Royal Worcester mark from a tea cup, 1897
The Royal Worcester mark from a tea cup, 1897
The Royal Worcester mark from their Poppies range, 1990
The Royal Worcester mark from their Poppies range, 1990
Where can you find out more?

The Museum of Royal Worcester

Wikipedia - Robert Hancock

Royal Worcester

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