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Front of Aynsley China's Portland Works on Sutherland Street, Longton.

Aynsley's Portland Works in Sutherland Road, Longton. Photograph taken by Mr.Elliott, February 1975.

Aynsley have been manufacturing pottery in Longton, Stoke-on-Trent since 1775. The business was started by John Aynsley I who began by making drinking mugs decorated with political and sporting events of the time. Along with a number of other potters, John Aynsley was part owner of the Fenton Park Colliery Company which, along with other mines in the Potteries, provided the coal needed for kiln firing.
When John Aynsley I died in 1829 the business was taken over by John Aynsley II who built the Portland Works for bone china manufacture in 1861. The production of bone china led to the company becoming known for breakfast, tea and dessert wares. John Aynsley II was a community-spirited man who was mayor of Longton between 1886 and 1890, set up Queens Park (the first public park in the area) and contributed to a number of charities.

Aynsley continues production today with a mixture of traditional and modern designs. The 'Orchard Gold' pattern, which was created in the 1920s, is still in production. Aynsley products are now exported to more than 80 countries worldwide.

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