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
Where can you find out more?
The Museum of Royal Worcester
Wikipedia - Robert Hancock