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Royal Doulton

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Royal Doulton has been producing porcelain ceramics and tableware for approximately
200 years.

John Doulton learned the trade of pottery making at the tender age of twenty two while
working at the Fulham Manufacturing Co, well known as the first English commerical
pottery, producing stoneware. Fulham was founded in 1688 and later assumed the name
of Jones, Watts and Doulton. Sometime after the firms name changed to Doulton and
made a variety of decorative products for the affluent buyer.

From a meager beginning John Doulton amassed one of the largest pottery and porcelain
factories the world has ever known. In the year 1815. John Doulton, at the tender age of 22,
invested his lifetime savings of £100 in a small pottery. His previous experience in other
potteries gave him the knowledge necessary to attempt such an adventure.

The year was 1815 and the company founder, John Doulton, began producing practical
and decorative stoneware from a small potery in Lambeth, South of London. With much
effort in manufacturing utility items such as sewer pipe and the like, he went into
partnership with Johnand Martha Watts. The firm took on the name of Doulton & Watts
and become a well known firm in the area. As time passed, Doulton's son Henry joined the
firm as an apprentice.

Henry built up the business and relocated it 60 years later to Stoke-on-Trent.