Trentham Pottery Owners and Designers

William Shaw

bullet William Shaw was born in Longton in 1907

bullet Eldest in the family with five brothers and one sister

bullet Left school aged fourteen as needed in the family business, John Shaw & Sons

Photo William Shaw

bullet In 1938 he married Nora Jones at Trentham Parish church and they made their home at The Garth, Greenway on Dairyfields

bullet William broke his ankle so was declared unfit for active service in World War Two

bullet On August 29th 1940 he was admitted as an associate to the Institute of Company Accountants

The Garth

bullet He became Managing Director of John Shaw & Sons (Longton) Ltd which had been established at the Drewery Works since 1920 making ornamental ware and table ware. They traded as Burlington Ware which later became Burlington Art Pottery

Burlington Pottery

bullet A family concern of high standing with five brothers as co-directors and his sister as company secretary. Incorporated as a public company in 1933


bullet William and Nora's son, Michael was born in 1944 and he has memories of his father in the 1950s rebuilding and modernising the factory buildings and installing the latest machinery

Burlington advert

bullet John Shaw & Sons had three factories trading as Burlington Ware making earthenware, china and Toby jugs

Toby Jug

bullet The factories used were:

bullet Willow Pottery on Warren Street

Willow Pottery

bullet Warwick Works on Chadwick Street

Warwick Works

bullet Phoenix Pottery for china production

Phoenix Pottery

bullet William Shaw died in Trentham in 1979