Old Maws Factory – Photo credit: David Stowell



John Hornby Maw was born in Lincolnshire, the son of a farmer. He moved to London and started a chemists business, making his fortune after inventing the baby feeding bottle. In 1850 he, together with his two sons George and Arthur, purchased the ailing Worcester Porcelain Company.

The business was re-named Maw & Company and moved to Benthall in the Iron Bridge Gorge, Shropshire, in 1952 and to a purpose built factory in Jackfield, Ironbridge in 1883. By this time Maw & Company had become the world’s largest producer of tiles and architectural ceramics selling more than 20 million pieces worldwide.

In the late 1960’s Maw & Company was acquired by H. & R. Johnson Ltd of Stoke on Trent and the production of tiles ceased at Jackfield in 1969.

In 2001Maw & Company Ltd became an independent company again when it was purchased by Brian Joyce. Today the business focuses on the restoration of ceramic tiling schemes providing the necessary materials, expertise and experience to maintain their appearance and durability.

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