Royal Doulton has a compelling history, a fascinating past that takes us all the way back to 1815. Royal Doulton began as a partnership between John Doulton, Martha Jones and John Watts on the banks of the River Thames. Martha Jones had been widowed and needed to recruit a talented potter to work alongside her and her foreman Watts, thus Doulton and Watts pottery was born.
Originally the company made stoneware and saltglaze ceramics, however in 1835 the company expanded when Henry Doulton joined the company and pioneered the use of water filters and stoneware drain pipes for sanitation purposes; the company became world-class experts in the area.
In 1854 Watts retired and the company became Doulton and Company, in 1860 Henry Doulton began working with Lambeth pupils, many of which would go on to work within the company and ultimately mould its future. In a move away from industrial stoneware the company began to make the beautiful, delicate, bright ceramics they are now famed for.
Queen Victoria was an avid fan and in 1887 she knighted Henry Doulton before his death in 1887, four years later in 1901 Edward VII gave the Doulton company royal ascent and Royal Doulton was born. To this day the company has been responsible for creating and designing charming eye-catching pieces, it celebrated 200 years in business in 2015.
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