Righteous Ridgway

A new column in Homes & Antiques, and this month we are visiting Ridgway in Staffordshire!

A dessert service made for a Duke, ca 1825

Although many will know the name Ridgway, I think Job Ridgway is an unsung hero among pioneering British porcelain makers. Ridgway was a deeply religious and very talented man who grew up in poverty but quickly became a leading porcelain maker and founded a factory that would spark many other factories in the century after. Job and his sons John and William looked after their people and attracted many of the best decorators. Later, multiple other factories were founded by cousins and nephews - the Ridgway empire grew large throughout the 19th Century and well into the 20th Century.