Name Index


William Cookworthy and the Plymouth China Factory

Trans. Devon. Assoc. vol. 8, (1876) pp. 480-496.


R.N. Worth

Prepared by Michael Steer

William Cookworthy was born at Kingsbridge in 1705, the son of a weaver. He was apprenticed to Timothy and Silvanus Bevan, chemists and druggists in Cheapside, London. As he was unable to afford the coach fare to London, he walked the whole 200-odd miles. It was a good apprenticeship, for he was taught Latin, French and Greek in addition to drug dispensing. The Bevans offered him a position in a new pharmacy business they were establishing in Notte Street, Plymouth. By 1735 he had become a partner, The business was renamed Bevan & Cookworthy. He married Miss Sarah Berry, and later he bought out his partners. His brother Philip joined him as partner and the business became Messrs William Cookworthy & Co, In 1768 he obtained a patent for 'Making porcelain from Moorstone, Growan and Growan Clay'. It gave him an exclusive right to use china clay and china stone for porcelain manufacture. Much controversy has existed over the location of Cookworthy's manufactory in Plymouth. Google with the Archive Organization has sponsored the digitisation of books from several libraries. The Internet Archive makes available, in its Community Texts Collection (originally known as Open Source Books), books that have been digitised by Google from a number of libraries. These are books on which copyright has expired, and are available free for educational and research use. This rare book was produced from a copy held by Princeton University Library, and is available from the Internet Archive.

Bennett 493
Bevans & Cookworthy 481
Bevans family 481
Binns 491
Bishop, Mr 492
Bone, Henry jnr 490, 492
Bone, Henry snr 490
Borlase 483
Bray 493
Brent, Thomas 494
Brittan, Francis 484
Burt, Mr W 491
Camelford, Lord 492, 495
Chaffers, Mr 489-90
Champion, Judith 490
Champion, Richard 480, 484-5, 490-2, 495
Champion, Sarah 484, 491
Chimmo, Benjamin 493
Clive, Kitty 489
Cookworthy, Philip 481, 494
Cookworthy, William throughout
Cown, Mr 494
d'Entrecolles, Father 482
Fanning, Michael 493
Frank, Thomas 491
Fry, Mr F 489, 493
George II 489
Gimblett 493
Greathead, Josiah 488
Greathead, Mary 488
Hawker, Mr John 493
Hawkins 493
Hayden, John 490
Harrison, Mr G H 480, 490
Hingston, Richard 482
Hyndford, Lord 484
Ilbert, Madame 494
King, Elias 494
Le Quoi 489
Lloyd, Caleb 484
Maryatt, Mr 480, 488
Owen, Hugh FSA 480, 484, 488-94
Polwhele 495
Prideaux, John 480
Pryce 496
Robinson, Ed Esq 493-4
Soqui 489
Stephens, Edward 490
Stephens, William 490
Swain, Peter 494
Swedenborg 481
Symons, Peter 493
Veale, Thomas Esq 493
Wedgewood, Josiah 482, 495
Weeks 494
Woodward 489