Learn about Aynsley China
Aynsley China Ltd. is a British manufacturer of bone china tableware, giftware, handpainted figurines and animals and commemorative items. The company was founded in 1775 by John Aynsley in Lane End, Longton, Staffordshire. In 1861 his grandson John Aynsley built the historic Portland Works on Sutherland Road, Longton, Staffordshire.
Commemorative wares to mark Royal occasions were popular line of the company, reaching their peak with the Aynsley designed dinner service being selected from 15 entries by Princess Elizabeth for her wedding. The design was then marketed commercially as the 'Windsor" pattern.
The company's profitability from sales of its tableware, giftware and commemorative items made it a desirable acquisition and in 1970 John Aynsley and Sons was taken over by Waterford and renamed Aynsley China Ltd.
In 1987 there was a management buyout of Aynsley China Ltd. and then in May 1997, Aynsley China was acquired by The Belleek Pottery Group of Ireland.
Due to rising costs at its Sutherland Road factory, and falling sales, the company closed its Stoke-on-Trent factory in December 2014 ending 239 years of manufacture in Staffordshire. more...