Worcester factory ownership

1751 Original Partnership Dr John Wall and William Davis being two of the 15 partners in the Warmstry factory.
1776 Dr Wall died, other partners continued to own company.
1783 Flight – Warmstry Factory sold outright for £3,000 to Thomas Flight.
1792 Flight & Barr – Martin Barr buys into partnership with Thomas Flight.
1804 Barr, Flight & Barr – Warmstry factory owned by Martin Barr Senior, Joseph Flight & Martin Barr Junior.
1813 Flight, Barr & Barr – owned by Joseph Flight, Martin Barr Jnr & George Barr.
1840 Chamberlain & Co – Flight, Barr & Barr merger with Chamberlain company (formed independently in 1788). The Barr family only retained a minor share.
1852 Kerr & Binns new partnership established and all manufacture moved to the Chamberlain factory in Severn Street.
1862 Worcester Royal Porcelain Company formed with Edward Phillips as major shareholder in a joint stock company. (From 1862 the company was known as Royal Worcester).
1889 The Worcester Royal Porcelain Co bought Grainger & Co.
1905 The Worcester Royal Porcelain Co bought Hadley & Sons.
1930 Harrison, Robinson & Col Clive bought The Worcester Royal Porcelain Co from the receivers.
1934 CW Dyson Perrins bought The Worcester Royal Porcelain Co.
1954 The Worcester Royal Porcelain Co became a public company.
1958 Royal Worcester Ltd, a holding company was formed (Owning Palissy Pottery Ltd and Worcester Royal Porcelain Co Ltd, Worcester Royal Porcelain Co Canada and Royal Worcester Porcelain Inc USA).
1976 Royal Worcester Ltd merged with Carborundum Co of Niagara Falls to become Royal Worcester Spode Ltd (the group now included Spode Inc, Spode Canada Ltd, Hammersley China Ltd and Barthmann Cristall GmbH).
1978 Royal Worcester fully owned by Royal Worcester Ltd.
1983 Royal Worcester group bought by Crystalate Ltd.
1984 Royal Worcester bought by London Rubber Co (later re-named London International – Welwyn Electronics and RW Industrial Ceramics were retained by Crystalate Ltd).
1988 Royal Worcester owned by Derby International.
1993 Royal Worcester owned by Exeter International (subsidiary of Derby International).
2000 Royal Worcester owned by Royal Worcester and Spode.
2005 Large part of the Royal Worcester Severn Street factory site sold to developers.
2006 Rationalisation – all production except Painted Fruit now made over-seas.
2008 6 November, Royal Worcester and Spode taken into administration.
2009 Royal Worcester name purchased by Portmeirion Pottery, Stoke on Trent.
2009 14 June, Severn Street factory site and shops closed.

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