A large pottery works, which became known as the Dale Hall Works was founded at Burslem, Staffordshire, in 1790. It is believed that it was owned by the Stubbs family, although the earliest potter of that name recorded at Dale Hall was Benjamin Stubbs, who was in business from 1818. He was followed in 1822 by the better known Joseph Stubbs, who produced a series of historic American scenes for export.
In 1838 the main pottery at Dale Hall was taken by the Mayer family and the business traded under the following names for the next 100 years. It is possible that Thomas Mayer was at Dale Hall as early as 1828 and these dates and titles are as accurate as can be deduced from the records:
Thomas & John Mayer 1838-1842
Thomas, John & Joshua Mayer 1843-1855
Mayer Bros & Elliott 1855-1858
Mayer & Elliott 1858-1861
Liddle, Elliott & Co 1861-1870
Bates, Elliott & Co 1870-1875
Bates, Walker & Co 1875-1878
Bates, Gildea & Walker 1878-1881
Gildea & Walker 1881-1885
James Gildea 1885-1888
Keeling & Co 1888-1936
Dale Hall still exists today but is now a modern factory site occupied by Steelite International and specializing in hotel and restaurant china.
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