James Wright Beswick founded the Beswick pottery business in 1890 and later brought
his sons John and Gilbert Beswick into the business. James Wright Beswick died in
May 1920 (1921?).
John and Gilbert Beswick
Brothers John and Gilbert Beswick assumed control of the business on the death of
their father, John managing production and Gilbert the sales side of the business.
John Beswick died in November 1934, aged 65. Like his father, he was active in Stoke-on-Trent
local government affairs, served as a Magistrate, and was life-long member of the
Methodist Church. He was survived by his brother Gilbert, son John Ewart Beswick
and by two daughters.
Gilbert I. Beswick, the second son of founder John Wright Beswick also worked in
the family business and was still active as the Sales Manager in 1961!
John Ewart Beswick
John Ewart Beswick was the driving force behind the success of the Pottery from the
mid-1930s until its eventual sale to Doulton in 1969
Arthur Noel Gredington was appointed as the company’s modeller in 1939 and stayed
with the company until his retirement in 1968. During his twenty-nine year tenure
he produced over 400 superb animal models, some of which remained in production from
the early years. His first equestrian model was Boise Roussel, the 1938 Derby winner,
and this was not withdrawn until the close of the Beswick factory in 2002. Gredington
apparently preferred to work in isolation and it is said he only visited the factory
to deliver his latest models for appraisal. He is best known for his equestrian and
canine models, but of equal quality are the many birds, farm and domestic animals,
and wild creatures. He was also the first modeller of the Beatrix Potter figurines
produced from 1948.
James Hayward was the Beswick decorating manager from 1934 and later became the company’s
Albert Hallam joined Beswick at the age of 14 as apprentice mould maker and in due
course became the head of mould making and an important modeller in his own right.
His influence followed the retirement of Arthur Gredington and was instrumental in
maintaining Beswick’s high standard of modelling and figure creation. His subjects
were dogs, cats, horses and and butterflies. His model of the Norwegian Fjord Horse
is a sought after collectible today.