A brief history of Royal Doulton pottery

Royal Doulton are a world famous brand that's been manufacturing since 1815.

  • Founded in 1815 by John Doulton, Marther Jones and John Watts in Lambeth, South London
  • They began trading as Jones, Watts & Doulton 
  • In 1820 the name changed to Doulton & Watts, without Marther Jones
  • In 1853, the name changed to Doulton & Co. after the retirement of John Watts
  • In 1882, they purchased a pottery factory in Burslem, Staffordshire but remained headquartered in Lambeth
  • In 1971, owners S. Pearson & Son Ltd merged Doulton & Co. with Allied English Potteries
  • The merged company included the brand names:
    • Royal Doulton
    • Minton
    • Beswick
    • Dunn Bennett
    • Booths
    • Colclough
    • Royal Albert
    • Royal Crown Derby
    • Paragon
    • Ridgway
    • Queen Anne
    • Royal Adderley
    • Royal Adderley Floral
  • In 1993 the group was renamed as Royal Doulton plc
  • In 2005 all brands taken over by Waterford Wedgwood
  • In 2009 Waterford Wedgwood went into administration
  • In 2015 Waterford Wedgwood was taken over by Finnish company Fiskars Corporation
Maker's marks for Royal Doulton
A modern Royal Doulton mark from their Palladio range
A modern Royal Doulton mark from their Palladio range
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