The Royal Porcelain Works
The county of Worcestershire and fine ceramics have been inextricably linked for more than 250 years. Beside the River Severn in Worcester, Dr John Wall invented a new method of creating porcelain and established the Warmstry Works.
In 1788, one of Dr Wall’s first apprentices, Robert Chamberlain, established his own factory in Severn Street, which became the heart of Worcester’s famous Royal Porcelain Works. Chamberlain was a highly talented artist and craftsman who soon gained recognition as a ceramic manufacturer of distinction. In 1840, the rival companies of Chamberlain’s and Flight, Barr and Barr joined forces at Severn Street, becoming Chamberlain and Co, significantly expanding and modifying the Works as a result. Following William Kerr’s involvement in 1850, further investment saw the creation of the iconic showroom in 1852, designed by Robert Armstrong and now destined to become the Henry Sandon Hall.