Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire has always been home of the biggest names in pottery and glassware.
For hundred's of years Staffordshire has always been the home of the biggest names in pottery and glassware. In particular Stoke-on-Trent is a town that has been synonymous with quality manufacturing that is revered the World over and this part of England is still fondly known as the ' Potteries '. To the east of Stoke-on-Trent is the small town of Tutbury where glass making traces its roots back across 5 centuries to 1472.
This tradition continued through to the 1800's when the Henry Jackson family built the Tutbury Crystal Glass Works and has ever since remained an important part of the town's heritage standing proudly at the top of the High Street ever since. Having left their mark on the town, and now widely known as the forefather's of glass making in the area the three Jackson brothers later emigrated to the United States and set up glass making in Baltimore. Not only did this distinguished family have a great effect on English culture, the Jackson name became synonymous with American history in the form of a US President, and Civil War General 'Stonewall' Jackson.
1906 saw the Tutbury glasshouse being taken over by Thomas, Webb and Corbett, one of the leading glass manufacturers of their time and they saw great success during the early part of the 20th Century.
In 1969, the business was merged with Royal Doulton, a logical step taken to complement their fine bone china ranges, treasured across the globe.
However, in 1980 Royal Doulton decided to close the Tutbury site so to avoid losing both jobs and the heritage of cut glass crystal in Tutbury. Former chairman Harry Walker came out of retirement and was joined by Robert Nicklin and David Aspinall to keep the factory going as part of a new company, Tutbury Glassworks. This change led to Tutbury Crystal becoming once again a name to be revered in the glass making industry across the World.
In 1984 the company changed its name to Tutbury Crystal focusing on the very finest cut glass crystal for the luxury market in which it had always excelled. Now 20 years on, Tutbury Crystal remains in the hands of the Nicklin family with Robert's son, Ian, now Managing Director. He is in fact the fourth generation of Nicklin's to make cut glass crystal at the famous Tutbury factory and is successfully taking glass making into the 21 st Century ensuring the business's continued growth.