08 May 2011

Happy Birthday Mr Spode II


Naive portrait Josiah Spode II
on a Spode ceramic plaque
 taken from a formal painting in oil

Josiah Spode II was born on May 8th 1755.

He married Elizabeth Barker in 1775. In 1778 he embarked on something of an adventure and moved with his wife and young family from rural North Staffordshire to the capital city, London. Here he set up not just a new home but a new business, which went onto huge success, to retail and market the product from the Spode factory in Stoke.
To work in London he needed to be a member of a Guild. There wasn't one for this new-fangled ceramic business...so he joined the Spectacle Makers' Company. The Spodes set up their home and business at 29 Fore Street.

A road map, 1766.
Perhaps Spode II used something
similar for his journey to London.