The Barton or Mayfield Pottery was established in 1922 by five men trading as H.F.Jackson & Co. The five men were Harry Jackson, Ellis Sidney Forster, John Bradford, Alfred Macey and Alexander Hudson. Ellis Forster had previously worked at F.H. Honiton and the Watcombe potteries. The pottery was at the corner of Barton Road and Audley Avenue close to Hele Cross Torquay, Devon. The buildings were fronted by a showroom facing out onto Barton road and in an adjacent house lived Ellis Forster who it is believed acted as Manager.
By 1926 original partnership seems to have broken up as the business became a limited company with Ellis Forster being referred to as the Managing Director. His brother-in-law Reginald Bates a Staffordshire pottery decorator was known to have worked there, also decorating there was Bob Birbeck brother of Harry. The business produced a wide variety of pottery articles and was known for the quality of its colours and glazes and in this area Ellis Forster is said to have been keen to establish a high standard of technical perfection. The clay was purchased locally from a variety of places, so varied from light red to dark brown. During the difficult trading years of the early 1930 the business needed extra finance so became Barton Potteries (1934) Ltd. but unfortunately closed down around 1935.
Pottery marks and backstamps with dates made of this pottery as well as over 250 other Torquay, Devon and West Country potteries can be found in the TPCS Marks Book see ‘Products for Sale’
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