Alfred Meakin Ltd was set up in 1875 and operated from the Royal Albert, Victoria and Highgate Potteries in Tunstall. Alfred Meakin was the brother of James and George Meakin who ran a large pottery company in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent.


  • 1875 – Royal Albert Pottery; Victoria Pottery (built 1858); Highgate Potteries, Parsonage Street, Tunstall (known collectively as Royal Albert, Victoria & Highgate Potteries)
  • 1930 – Newfield Pottery (in addition to above); (by 1928, known collectively as Royal Albert, Victoria and Newfield Potteries).
  • 1957 – c.1980 Victoria and Highgate Works (new)
  • c.1980- Alexander Works , Cobridge (built by Myott in 1902)
  • also (1949) owned the Furlong Mill as a subsidiary company preparing materials.

Alfred Meakin died in 1904 and was succeeded by his son Alfred James who died only four years later. Alfred John’s uncle Robert Johnson bought the company for his son Stuart Johnson and it stayed in the Johnson family’s hands until 1976 when it became Myott-Meakin before becoming part of the Churchill Group.

Alfred Meakin (Ltd) / Alfred Meakin (Tunstall) Ltd: 1875 -.
Alfred Meakin (Ltd.), Royal Albert, Victoria and Highgate Potteries, Tunstall.

From c.1913 renamed “Alfred Meakin (Tunstall) Ltd

Note the addition of “England” from 1891.
Note the addition of “Ltd.” After 1897 (“Ltd” does not appear on the marks after c.1930)

  • 1875 – 1897 Alfred Meakin
  • 1897 – 1913 Alfred Meakin Ltd. (in 1908 bought by members of the Johnson family)
  • 1913 – 1976 Alfred Meakin (Tunstall) Ltd
  • 1976 acquired by Myott, Son & Co. Ltd (Hampson refers to Interpace Corporation of Parsippany, New Jersey, owning both Myott (since 1969) and Alfred Meakin. Interpace were, at the time, the largest tableware manufacturer in the USA)
  • 1976 –1991 Myott-Meakin
  • 1989 acquired by Melton Modes (Nottingham) to become Myott-Meakin (Staffordshire) Ltd.
  • 1991 management bought out Melton Modes
  • June 1991 acquired by Churchill Group