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Hollinshead & Walker, Harry Haworth (Glassware) Ltd.

Hollinshead & Walker, Harry Haworth (Glassware) Ltd., 16-17 Cleveland Square, Liverpool L1, 2003 • I couldn’t find out anything about this decaying emporium bordering Liverpool’s now-fashionable Ropewalks warehouse area, but a comment below informs me it was a manufacturer of glass, china and earthenware, active in Liverpool 1829-1959. The building is still there and has been renovated, but the raised lettering now says ‘L.A.G. Prichard‘. It looks totally original, but was presumably added at the same time as the date ‘2006‘ that’s been inserted in the top wreath. Now houses White Haus beauty salon.

Hollinshead & Walker, Harry Haworth (Glassware) Ltd.

Hollinshead & Walker, Harry Haworth (Glassware) Ltd.



Hollinshead & Walker, Harry Haworth (Glassware) Ltd.

Hollinshead & Walker, Harry Haworth (Glassware) Ltd.

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  1. I came across this on a genealogy thread (I have some Staffordshire connection so keep an eye on postings).

    From August 1999:

    ‘I am looking for information on the HOLLINSHEAD family. The following is what I know:

    possibly married to a Hermin HARDING on August 28, 1804, Norton in the Moors, Staffordshire, England.

    William’s son:
    Robert HOLLINSHEAD, born December 27, 1812
    married Ann Vyse, September 5, 1835 in Wolstanton, Staffordshire
    died, November 11, 1868, Dundas, Ontario, Canada.

    The reason for posting to Lancashire, is that Robert HOLLINSHEAD had a pottery factory in Liverpool up until about 1866. Where could I get information on this?

    The company was called:

    Hollinshead & Walker, Lmtd.
    Glass, China & Earthenware
    1617 Cleveland Square

    Apparently, the interest was sold out eventually to Picardy??

    I was curious if anyone knew about the company.


    • Wow thanks, that’s an amazing bit of research, so it was a pottery firm. Presumably one of the many businesses supplying the shipping trade in this area. Will update the blogpost.

    • Hi Andrea,
      I hope you get this message. I have a pretty extensive family tree on Ancestry that has both Hollinshead and Walker families on it. I’ve looked and been unable to find any convincing evidence that this business could have been founded prior to the 1850s when John William Hollinshead 1827 moved with his family from Stoke to Livermore, soon to be followed by his brother-in-law Ephraim Walker 1821 (the elder), who also moved his family from Stoke to Livermore. I’d appreciate your thoughts and questions on this theory that they were the brothers to start this firm.

      The 8 Dec 1876 edition of the London Gazette says that Joseph Hollinshead (1788 to 1863) dissolved his partnership with Ephraim Walker the elder (1821 to 1878) and Ephraim Walker the younger (1844 to 1910), as mentioned by Russell Willis below. Joseph was William Hollinshead’s younger brother who was husband to Hermin Harding as you mentioned. On this date, the older Ephraim Walker would have been 55 years and the younger Ephraim (his son) would have been 32 years.

      In addition, Ephraim Jr’s obituary in the 9 June 1910 issue of the Liverpool Echo says that he was involved in establishing the firm, but he would have been only 11 years old when his father moved their family to Liverpool in 1855, so he could hardly be called a founder. Find the obituary here:

      Ron Bennett

  2. Hiya I worked in hollinstead&walker in 1985-86. The business was booming then and it sold mainly glass and China. I worked in the office and the business was family run if I remember rightly I think it was Walker. The shop/business was run by relatives,manager was a great grandson and office manager was great granddaughter. The shop manager I think was a relative too. I Did have a booklet on the business if I can find it I will post it here, I also have some glassware too. Hope this info reaches you. I carnt remember when the business closed.

    • Hi, thanks for this wonderful and informative comment. This is incredibly helpful, that store was such a mystery to me. The shop looked so run down I imagined it closed much earlier than the 80s! Please do post anything here you wish related to it.

    • Hi just come across this
      My Dad Eddie Reilly worked at Hollinsheads about the same time do you remember him
      Tom Reilly

  3. I can still imagine the shop now it’s was very old fashioned, a bit like if you look at photos from the 1900’s. The shop was very big down stairs selling very expensive China and stoniers glass ware. The shop was always very busy. I think the shops closed in the 90’s.

  4. October 1st 1954. Went to Liverpool to day, saw the old Hollinshead shop, although none of the family is in the business it gave one a thrill to think of that old shop still standing there after all these years and the business still being carried on under the old name. It was too far to go to the potteries but they are still there so the chap told me, they carried on under the same firm name.
    extract from a diary of my grandmother, May Hollinshead.
    information London Gazette, Joseph Hollinshead 1788-1872 with Ephriam Walker the elder (wife Mary Hollinshead) and Ephriam Walker the younger, carried on this business, joined at a later time by Joseph’s nephew John William Hollinshead. John William sent china, glassware and Bostock boots and shoes to his brother Joseph 1817-1903 for sale in Australia in the 1860s. John William was also involved in the Hollinshead and Kirkham pottery of Tunstall.

    • Russell, would love to exchange information with you on your family tree!! Thank you.

    • Russell,
      I’m researching Joseph Hollinshead 1817-1903 and developed a theory that he may have provided the funding for his younger brother John William to startup the H-n-K pottery. The timing is right, by 1870 Joseph was finished building the Royal Exchange Hotel and had two successful businesses along with this other ventures. And Joseph was already importing china-ware for his other business. I suspected that he may have been importing from John William and H-n-K, but no evidence, just a theory – until now.
      Your comments above suggest that did in fact import from his younger brother. Can you confirm that? And do you happen to know if Joseph helped to fund the Tunstall pottery? If so, it must have been a successful venture because when John William died in 1890 he left an estate valued at $5400 to his wife and three sons, who then took over management of the pottery after John’s death.

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