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of Royal Porcelain Works, Worcester
1751 The company was founded by Dr. John Wall, an eminent physician, William Davis and a group of local businessmen, who transferred the ceramic works set up in Bristol by Benjamin Lund to Worcester on the banks of the River Severn.
Dr. Wall along with another of the group, apothecary William Davis, developed their method for producing porcelain. Dr. Wall secured the sum of £4500 from the partners to establish the factory in Worcester and those original partnership deeds are still housed in the Museum of Worcester Porcelain.
1756 Robert Hancock worked at Worcester and was the first person to apply transfer prints to porcelain.
1783 An independent decorating factory was opened nearby by Robert Chamberlain, the business later merged with Worcester.
1789 The company was given a royal warrant, the word royal was added to the company name.
1862 The company was established. 
1934 Incorporated as private company: Worcester China Co Ltd
1935 Renamed as Worcester Royal Porcelain Co Ltd
WWII: Much of the production was suspended; part of the main works were made available for use by Welwyn Electrical Laboratories which had been asked by the government to increase production of vitreous enamelled resistors and to produce carbon resistors, most of which had previously been imported. As a result became associated with Worcester Royal Porcelain Co
1946 40 percent of the share capital of Welwyn was acquired by Worcester Royal Porcelain
1947 Advert in British Industries Fair Catalogue as Exhibiting Member of the British Pottery Manufacturers' Federation of Federation House, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. Composite Exhibit. (Pottery and Glassware Section - (Olympia, Ground Floor, Stand No. A.1241) 
1953 Welwyn became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Worcester Royal; porcelain production for Welwyn was carried out at Tonyrefail.
1954 Public company incorporated; offer of shares in Worcester Royal Porcelain Company which had 2 main parts - the production of ceramics (Worcester) and the production of electrical components (Welwyn Electrical Laboratories). Main factory at Worcester was the Royal Porcelain Works; the subsidiary factory at Tonyrefail was responsible for research and development of new uses of porcelain in the engineering field.
1959 Name changed to Royal Worcester Ltd 
1976 Royal Worcester merged with ceramic manufacturer Spode and the company became one of Porcelain and Fine China.
At its height, the firm employed nearly 1,000 people, but after merger with Spode, and heavy competition from overseas, the production was gradually switched to factories in Stoke and abroad.
1978 Royal Worcester bought back the 45 percent holding of the US owner of Spode, Carborundum which was in new hands. All parts of the business were making satisfactory progress including Industrial Ceramics, Welwyn and Colvern
1982 Royal Worcester recorded a first half loss for the first time, mainly due to declining demand for china
The Royal Worcester factory closed in 2008. Part of the site houses the 'Museum of Royal Worcester'.
2009 Portmeirion Potteries acquired the Royal Worcester and Spode brands and brought much of the manufacturing back to UK