I love Burleigh ware! It is a pottery whose ware have stood the test of time. Their products are just as practical and beautiful now as they were when the pottery was first founded.
Burgess and Leigh were established in 1851 in Burslem, Staffordshire, England, originally as Hulme and Booth. William Leigh and Frederick Rathbone Burgess took over the pottery in 1862, trading as Burgess & Leigh.
They are particlularly well known known today for their blue and white chintz combined with beautiful pastel designs in blue, pink and purple.
Their iconic beehive back mark dates back to 1867 when Burleigh moved to Hill pottery, former home of Alcock, and acquired the beehive backstop which then became incorporated into future Burleigh Ware.
The trademark “Burleigh” was used from the 1930s and is a combination of the two names.
They moved to the modernised Middleport factory in 1889, which was recently renovated in 2011-2014 by The United Kingdom Historic Building Preservation Trust (UKHBPT). The UKHBT is one of The Prince’s Charities with HRH The Prince of Wales, Prince Charles, as its Patron.
It takes 25 pairs of hands to create a single piece of Burleigh ware! Dedication indeed!