Founded in 1875 Hudson and Middleton, designers and manufacturers of 100% British quality fine bone china, is one of the oldest potteries in England. True to its heritage the operation still runs from the original premises in the heart of Staffordshire.
Hudson and Middleton are proud to remain 100% British in their manufacturing processes, a key point in their marketplace. We are proud to include some very well-known and prestigious brands amongst our customers, including the likes of The National Trust, English Heritage and a host of mid-sized design brands.
The Hudson and Middleton brand and products remain high-end despite pressures to commercialise cheaper processes and components. Factory facilities have been modernised through the decades, but traditional potting and decorating techniques in the hands of a highly skilled production team are associated with the production of the very finest quality English Fine Bone China, and this remain the core of the Hudson and Middleton ethos.
There is a prized possession under the factory roof, an original bottle oven from 1875, it is still in perfect working order. The kiln and surrounding building is protected as a Grade II listed property and has been supported with funding from the Local Authority and English Heritage to preserve a major feature of the local industrial heritage.
In those early days the factory produced both Earthenware and Fine Bone China, though in 1912 Hudson and Middleton ceased earthenware production to concentrate solely on china. The decision was a good one, and over the following decades Hudson and Middleton gained an enviable reputation for high quality ware. The traditional way of firing ceramics in a coal fired bottle oven was replaced in the 1950’s by more efficient gas and electric ovens as technology progressed and the clean air act came into force.
As a mark of its place in history Hudson and Middleton, along with the Gladstone Pottery Museum, undertook the very last firing of a bottle oven in 1978 as part of a national festival. Initially, the factory produced both earthenware and bone china, each production area accessed via its own individual entrance. Still today, these entrances remain in place, though not in use, and form part of the magnificent Victorian facade with their respective symbolic representations of a jug and vase.