Trentham Pottery Owner Profiles

John and Cuthbert Bailey General Managers of Doultons

bullet John Cuthbert Bailey was born at Odd Rode in Cheshire in 1856

bullet He left school at 14 years old

bullet He began to work for Bates, Elliott & Co, Dalehall Pottery as London representative

Odd Rode Cottage

Bailey family home at Odd Rode

bullet He caught the attention of Henry Doulton

bullet Doulton discovered that Bailey ran a choir in Burslem

bullet In 1879 he was invited to become the General Manager of Doulton & Company Burslem, the company which Henry Doulton had set up in 1877 - he was 23 years of age

J C Bailey

J C Bailey

bullet In 1880 he married Sidney Marie Alcock and they had five sons and three daughters

J C Bailey

Sidney Bailey

daughters and sons

Their three daughters and one of their sons in 1897

J C Bailey and sons

J C Bailey and four of his sons in 1895

bullet In 1884-1885 a new wing was added to the existing works at Royal Doulton for the production of Bone China, until this time Doultons had made earthenware

bullet At about this time Charles John Noke became an employee, rising to Art Director

bullet The company made expensive tableware, vases and decorative wares in bone china

bullet 'The Doulton School' of artists was established at Burslem

bullet 1899 the Limited Company was incorporated

Royal Doulton works Burslem

Royal Doulton works Burslem

bullet The Bailey family lived first at The Villas in Stoke and moved to New Park in the early 1900s, at first renting and then buying the house at the 1919 auction of the Sutherland's Trentham estates for a price of £7000

New Park pictured in the 1919 auction catalogue

New Park pictured in the 1919 auction catalogue

bullet 1901 King Edward VII conferred a double honour on the Company: a Royal Warrant was given to the Chairman and the Company could affix the name 'Royal' to its products

Royal Doulton Stamp

bullet 1907 a new China Works was built at Burslem

bullet John Bailey joined the Board in 1909 as a Director


bullet He was actively involved in the Trentham community and was a keen churchman, singer, rider and golfer, acting as Trentham Golf Club Captain in 1905 and President in 1913

J C Bailey on his hunter in 1910

J C Bailey on his hunter in 1910

bullet He handed over the role of General Manager of Doulton to his son Cuthbert in 1925

bullet He remained on the Board until 1928

bullet He died at New Park in 1929

J C Bailey and family 1920

J C Bailey with other family members in 1920

bullet The family continued to live there until 1936, Sidney Bailey then moved to The Oaks, Albert Road, where she died in 1939

Sidney Bailey

Sidney Bailey

Cuthbert Bailey


bullet Cuthbert Bailey was born in 1883, the second son of John and Sidney Bailey

bullet In 1908 he married Constance Ford, the daughter of a clergyman from Cheshire

bullet In 1911 they were living at Bulkeley Hall in Woore

Bulkeley Hall

Bulkeley Hall

bullet In 1925 Cuthbert, having previously been a director with Cauldon Potteries, became General Manager of Doulton and Company in Burslem - a post vacated by his father, John Cuthbert Bailey

Cuthbert Bailey 1924

Cuthbert Bailey 1924

bullet Expansion of the Company was during his period as General Manager

bullet He worked with Bernard Moore in pursuit of flambé ware, which was very successful

Royal Doulton vase, c1910

Royal Doulton vase, c1910

bullet Toby Jugs (with knees) had been made for a long time at Doultons

bullet From 1934 Character Jugs were made (head and shoulders of subject only)

Toby Jug

Examples of Toby jug

Character Jug

and character jug

bullet 1934 'Bunnykins' was launched, designed by Barbara Vernon, daughter of Cuthbert (Sister Barbara)

Bunnikins

Bunnikins

Sister Barbara

Sister Barbara

bullet The large number of "Pretty Ladies" emanated from Cuthbert Bailey's time

Pretty Lady

Example of a "Pretty Lady" Top o'the Hill by Leslie Harradine introduced in 1937

bullet Between 1931 and 1951 Cuthbert and Constance lived at Armitage Lodge, near Lichfield

Armitage Lodge

Armitage Lodge

bullet In 1953, after a successful career, Cuthbert retired from being Doulton's General Manager

bullet He died in 1970

Cooksons

Cuthbert Bailey