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Souvenir China Retailers of the 19th Century

Dick Henrywood

As marks on pottery and porcelain became more established, some china retailers ordered wares with personalised marks. Early examples, before about 1830 are not common, but the practice steadily expanded and in the second half of the century became commonplace as souvenir wares became popular. Some illustrations can be found in Ian T. Hendersons' Pictorial Souvenirs of Britain (David & Charles, 1974) and an excellent selection of Davenport wares are examined by Greg Freear in his Topographical Bat Prints on Davenport Wares (2008). The preliminary list of souvenir retailers below is not remotely comprehensive but will be expanded as more information becomes available. Contributions would be very welcome:

Marks Retailer Wares Notes
  ABEL
Cromer
Souvenir views:
“View of Cromer”
Ill: Henderson 38 (spill vase)
ABRAHAMS
Canterbury

Souvenir views:
“Canterbury Cathedral”
“Missionary College of St. Augustine, Canterbury”

 
  T. AUTCLIFFE
China Rooms
Bruton
Souvenir views:
“Bruton Church, Somerset”
Ill: Henderson 85c (spill vase)
  JAMES AUTUN
China Rooms
Leyburn
Souvenir views:
“Jervaulx Abbey, Wensleydale”
Ill: Henderson 85a (mug)
  J.F. BELL
Bournemouth
(Fancy Fair)
Souvenir views:
“The Gardens, Bournemouth”
Ill: Henderson 301 (saucer)
W. BERRY
China Warehouse
1 Fleet Street
Coventry
Souvenir views:
“Lady Godiva and Peeping Tom of Coventry”
“View from Green, Coventry”
 
  E. BLYTHE
Post Office
Hawes
Souvenir views:
“Hardrow Scar, Near Hawes, 100 Feet High”
Edmund Blythe is listed as a General Dealer in Hardware, &c. in the Booksellers and Stationers section for Hawes in Bulmer's History, Topography and Directory of North Yorkshire (1890)
H. BOARDMAN
Hitchin
Herts.
Souvenir view:
“The Residence of late James Lucas Esqr., for 25 years known as the Hermit of Hertfordshire”
 
L.S. BOOTH
Cross Cheaping
Coventry
Souvenir views:
“Coventry”
“Lady Godiva”
“Peeping Tom”
 
J. BROADBRIDGE
Arundel
Souvenir views:
“Arundel Castle”
“Arundel Castle, Dairy House"
"Arundel Castle from the Keep"
Mentioned in Henderson 105
  BROUGHTON
Ramsey
Souvenir views:
“A Present from Ramsey, I.O.M.”
Ill: Henderson 48c (mug)
  H.S. BRYANT
Strood
Souvenir views:
“Rochester, with the New Bridge“ (Davenport)
Ill: Freear RM1 (mark) and Page 15
  BUCKLEY & SONS
Poole
Souvenir views:
“Brownsea Castle, Poole Harbour”
 
M. BURTON
Eastbourne

Souvenir views:
“Grand Parade, Eastbourne, Sussex”
“Marine Parade, Eastbourne” (Davenport)

Ill: Freear RM2 (mark) and Page 13

 

S. CARTER
Banbury

Souvenir views:
“The Church and Vicarage, Banbury“ (Davenport)
Ill: Freear RM3 (mark) and Page 11
W. CARTER
China Merchant
Loughborough

Souvenir views:
“Loughborough Church”
 
ISAAC CHAPMAN
Trowbridge

Souvenir views:
“North East View of Trowbridge Church”
Chapman owned china rooms in Market Place, Trowbridge
  M. COOPER
Henley-on-Thames
Souvenir views:
“Henley Bridge” (Davenport)
Ill: Freear RM4 (mark) and Page 13
 

J. COTTON
China Rooms
Ross

Souvenir views:
“Goodrich Court & Castle on the Wye“ (Davenport)
“Ross“ (Davenport)
Ill: Freear RM5 (mark) and Page 15
 

J. DAVIES
China Rooms
Newbury

Souvenir views:
“Castle Highclere, the Seat of the Earl of Carnarvon“ (Davenport)
“Donnington Castle“ (Davenport)
Ill: Freear RM6 (mark) and Page 12
  J. FARADAY
China Warehouse
Skipton
Souvenir views:
“Bolton Abbey, Yorkshire“ (Davenport)
Ill: Freear RM7 (mark) and Page 11
M.R. FARWELL
Christchurch
Souvenir views:
“Christchurch” (Edge, Malkin & Co.)
 
H. FOGGITT
Kirkstall
Souvenir views:
“Kirkstall Abbey”
 
  C. FORTUNE
China Dealer
Harrogate
Souvenir views:
“Sulphur Well, Harrogate”
Ill: Henderson 9b (plate)
  J. FRANCE
China Warehouse
Rotherham
Souvenir views:
“Rotherham Church / A Present from Rotherham” (Davenport)
Ill: Freear RM8 (mark) and Page 15
  FULLER
Ramsgate
Souvenir views:
“Ramsgate”
 
  GARDNER & SON
Hythe
Souvenir views:
“Saltwood Castle, Kent“ (Davenport)
Ill: Freear RM9 (mark) and Page 15
  GOSLING
Eastbourne

Souvenir views:
“Cavendish Place & Portion of Grand Parade, Eastbourne”
“Grand Parade, Eastbourne” (Davenport)
“Marine Parade, Eastbourne” (Davenport)
Ill: Freear RM10 (mark) and Page 13; Henderson 39 (Davenport jug)
  GRAYSTON
Bury St. Edmunds
Souvenir views:
“Norman Tower, Bury St. Edmunds“ (Davenport)
Ill: Freear RM11 (mark) and Page 12
  GREATBATCH
Oxford

Souvenir views:
“Entrance to Oxford by Magdalen Bridge” (Davenport)
 
GREEN
Petworth
Souvenir views:
”Lillington Church, Sussex”
 
H. GREY
China Rooms
Hereford
Souvenir views:
”Hereford Cathedral” (Davenport)
Ill: Freear RM12 (mark) and Page 13
  W. HAKE
China & Glass Warehouse
Ottery St. Mary
Souvenir views:
“Collegiate Church, Ottery St. Mary“ (Davenport)
Ill: Freear RM13 (mark) and Page 14
  J. HARRISON
Woodstock
  Ill: Freear RM14 (mark)


H. HEDGER
15 Broad Gate
Coventry

Souvenir views:
“Lady Godiva and Peeping Tom of Coventry”
“The Holy Trinity, Coventry”
“Trinity Schools”
 
  HERRING
Wells
Souvenir views:
“Wells Cathedral, East”
“Wells Cathedral, West”
Ill: Henderson 85b (mug)
HOLLOWELL
Burford
Souvenir views:
“Burford Church“
 
HOPE
Ramsgate
Souvenir views:
“The Royal Harbour of Ramsgate”
 
  R. HOWSE
Marlborough
Souvenir views:
“Marlborough, Wilts. / A Present from Marlborough” (Davenport)
Ill: Freear RM15 (mark) and Page 14
 

JACKSON
China Warehouse
Malton

Souvenir views:
“Castle Howard“ (Davenport)
Ill: Freear RM16 (mark) and Page 12
  U. JACOBS
Market Place
Wincanton
Souvenir views:
“Wincanton Church” (Davenport)
Uriah Jacobs is listed as a China. &c. Dealer in the Market Place in Hunt & Co.’s 1850 Directory & Topography of the Town of Wincanton
  JOHNSTON
Battle
Souvenir views:
“Battle Abbey Gateway”
 
  A. JONES & Co.
80 Northgate Street
Gloucester
Souvenir views:
“Gloucester Cathedral / A Present from Gloucester“ (Davenport)
Ill: Freear RM17 (mark) and Page 13
KEELER
Canterbury
Souvenir views:
“Canterbury Cathedral”
 
  KITCHEN
Stratford-on-Avon

Souvenir views:
“Anne Hathaway's Cottage“ (Davenport)
“Avon Bank, Stratford-on-Avon” (Davenport)
“New Place, Stratford-upon-Avon / Residence of Shakspeare” (Davenport)
“Shakespeare's House“ (Davenport)
“Shakspeare's Birth Place“ (Davenport)
“Stratford on Avon Church“ (Davenport)
“Stratford upon Avon Church“ (Davenport)
“The House in which Shakspeare was Born, AD1564“ (Davenport)

Ill: Freear RM18 (mark) and Pages 15/16
LEE
Whitby
Souvenir views:
“The New Saloon, Whitby”
 
J. LUCK & SON
Parade
Tunbridge Wells
Souvenir views:
“Calverley Park & Hotel, Tunbridge Wells”
“The Toad Rock, Tunbridge Wells”
 
  S. MATON
China Rooms
Salisbury
Souvenir views:
“Poultry Cross”
“Salisbury Cathedral”
“Stonehenge”
“The Castle of Old Sarum / In the Time of King Stephen”
 
H. MILLER
China & Glass Depot
Seaton
Souvenir views:
“Seaton”
 
  T. MILLER
Tunbridge
Souvenir views:
“Grammar School, Tunbridge, Kent” (Davenport)
Ill: Freear RM19 (mark) and Page 16
MORRIS
Lymington
Souvenir views:
“Lymington Church“
“The Needles, Isle of Wight”
 
  MOULDER
Woodstock
Souvenir views:
“Blenheim Palace, North View“ (Davenport)
Ill: Freear RM20 (mark) and Page 11
  E. MUNDEN
China Rooms
Glastonbury
Souvenir views:
“The Choir, Glastonbury Abbey” (Davenport)
Ill: Freear RM21 (mark) and Page 13
  NEWINGTON & Co.
York

Souvenir views:
“N.W. View of York Minster”
“St. Mary’s Abbey, York”
 
  Samuel PAUL
Lyme Regis
Souvenir views:
“Lyme from the Holme Bush / A Present from Lyme” (Davenport)
Ill: Freear RM22 (mark) and Page 14
  M. PIKE
Great Yarmouth
Souvenir views:
“Quay and Town Hall, Great Yarmouth“ (Davenport)
“Yarmouth Beach” (Davenport)
Ill: Freear RM23 (mark) and Page 23
JOHN RANDALL & SON
China Merchant
Rochester
Souvenir views:
“Rochester Castle and Pavilion”
 
  E. REEVES
Strand
Exmouth
Souvenir views:
“Exmouth from the Sea”
 
  C. RING
College Green
Bristol
Souvenir views:
“Church of St. Mary Redcliffe, Bristol“ (Davenport)
Ill: Freear RM25 (mark) and Page 11
  C. RING
Clifton and Bristol
Souvenir views:
“Clifton” (Davenport)
Ill: Freear RM24 (mark) and Page 11
  W. SABIN
Stratford-on-Avon
Souvenir views:
“Avon Bank, Stratford-on-Avon” (Davenport)
 
  SAILES
China Warehouse
Howden
Souvenir views:
“Howden Church“ (Davenport)
Ill: Freear RM26 (mark) and Page 13
  WILLIAM SAVAGE
Winchester
Souvenir views:
“Winchester Cathedral“ (Davenport)
Ill: Freear RM27 (mark) and Page 17
  SAVAGE
Wells
Souvenir views:
“Wells Cathedral”
 
M. SCRAGG
Tenbury
Souvenir views:
“Pump Room & Baths, Tenbury Wells”
Ill: Henderson 12 (mug)
  H. SHEPPARD
Pyle Street
Newport
I. of W.
Souvenir views:
“Victoria’s Home / Osborne, I. of W.”
 
SILL BROTHERS
Bidford
Souvenir views:
“The Old Falcon Inn, Bidford, Where Shakespeare Stayed” (with Shakespeare verse "Piping Pebworth ...")
 
  J. SKINNER
Sevenoaks
Souvenir views:
“Knole, Sevenoaks“ (Davenport)
Ill: Freear RM28 (mark) and Page 14
  I.D. SMITH
China Warehouse
Braintree
Souvenir views:
“Braintree Church / A Present from Braintree” (Davenport)
Ill: Freear RM29 (mark) and Page 11
SPARSHOTT
Winchester
Souvenir views:
“St. Cross, Winchester“
“Winchester Cathedral”
 
  J. SPICER
High West Street
Dorchester
Souvenir views:
“Corfe Castle”
Ill: Henderson 83a (mug)
  STEERE
Richmond
Souvenir views:
“Cholmondeley Walk, Richmond”
 
  J. THOMAS
Weymouth
Souvenir views:
“Weymouth Sands & Esplanade / A Present from Weymouth“ (Davenport)
Ill: Freear RM30 (mark) and Page 16
  WATSON
Salisbury
Souvenir views:
“Stonehenge, Wilts."
Ill: Henderson 93 (plate)
  WATSON & GODDEN
Salisbury
Souvenir views:
“Salisbury Cathedral”
“Stonehenge, Wilts.”
 
  H. WELLARD
Herne Bay
Souvenir views:
“Herne Bay”
Ill: Henderson 43a (spill vase)

JESSE WIGHTMAN
Well Spring Close
Framlingham

Souvenir views:
“Framlingham Castle“
 
  G. WILLMOTT
Axminster
Souvenir views:
“St. Marys Church, Axminster“
 
W. WILEMAN
China & Glass Warehouse
Worthing
Souvenir views:
“Cambridge Terrace, Worthing“
“Worthing Pier“
 
T. WILMSHURST
Chichester
Souvenir views:
“Chichester Cathedral” (Davenport)
“Goodwood House” (Copeland)
“The Cross, Chichester” (Davenport)
Ill: Freear RM31 (mark) and Page 12; Henderson 105 (plate)
  WILSON & WILSON
China Warehouse
Malton
Souvenir views:
“Castle Howard“ (Davenport)
Ill: Freear RM32 (mark) and Page 12
  T. WOOD
83 West Street
King’s Road
Brighton

Souvenir views:
“Chain Pier, Brighton”
“West View of the Pavilion, Brighton”
 

An asterisk (*) indicates information that has not been confirmed.

With thanks to everyone who has contributed information, and particularly for images included above:

Greg Freear; John Harbold

Page created 20 January 2021. Last updated 6 September 2021.

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