Enoch Wedgewood & Co

Enoch Wedgwood, a distant cousin of Josiah Wedgwood, was a partner in Podmore, Walker & Co in 1835 and by 1856 the business was renamed Podmore, Walker, Wedgwood & Co.

Following the death of Thomas Podmore in 1860, the partnership was dissolved, and the company simply became Wedgwood & Co.

The company grew significantly, but Enoch died in 1879, which left his sons to run the business. The company didn’t have the same drive under their management so by 1900 family control ended.

The new management, Hollinshead and Kirkham, took the reins and up until 1950 put enormous effort into regaining previous markets, using the company’s strength…producing high quality wares.

Later, in 1965 the company was sold again to a US company, Semart Importing, who relaunched the business as Enoch Wedgewood (Turnstall) Ltd. Semart was an importer of tableware and at the same time as buying Wedgwood & Co. they also purchased Crown Staffordshire China Co. They also went on to purchase the Furnivals name with the rights to several patterns marked under the same name.

In 1980 Josiah Wedgwood & Sons Ltd., who, up to this point, had nothing to do with Wedgwood & Co. purchased Enoch Wedgewood (Turnstall) Ltd. and it operated within the Wedgwood Group as Unicorn Pottery.

Wedgewood & Co products are sometimes confused with those of Josiah Wedgwood & Sons Ltd. However the inclusion of “& Co” or “& Co Ltd” in the name always differentiates between the two companies as Josiah Wedgwood never used “& Co”. 

Shown above is a beautiful Enoch Wedgwood gravy/sauce boat that would grace any table, perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas or any entertaining event. It is part of the Shakespeare sonnet series with the first two lines of the sonnet, The Passionate Pilgrim, printed on the bottom with the Enoch Wedgewood official stamp. It is for sale in my Etsy store, for more information, photos and a video click on the link below.

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Sally Turner

This was very interesting, I never realized that, but always wondered. Thank you!