Stiff Dates

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James Stiff was born in 1808 the son of Robert Stiff of Rougham, Suffolk, workhouse
master and farmer. He married Sarah Faulkner Philpott (1831) and Lucy Potter (1878).
He died in Swanage in 1897.

1824 Attended Sunday School in Bury St Edmunds. Click to see plaque he laid in 1892 to commemorate the fact. Photograph 2014 courtesy of Andrew Stansbridge.
1826 Ceased work as a plasterer's assistant in Rougham, left for London
and was employed at the Coade Stone manufactory and began an apprenticeship,
1830 Began work at Doulton and Watt's Lambeth Pottery as a mould maker.
1842 Commenced work as potter at his own premises in Ferry Street, Lambeth (previously premises of T Higgins). Directories record him making Water Filters.
1843 Took lease of first portion of 39 High Street, Lambeth premises but is still
listed in trade directories for Ferry Street up until 1844. From 1845 he is
listed at 39 High Street.
1863 Takes sons, William and Ebenezer, into partnerships as James Stiff and Sons.
1895 James Stiff described as "now retired" in article in "The British Clayworker"
1903 New partnership of Sydney James Stiff (1867-1948), James Arthur Stiff and William Frederick Stiff (b.1874 and another son of Ebenezer) was formed after the death of William Stiff. This partnership was in turn dissolved on 31 Dec 1912.
1913 Sold out to Royal Doulton 


William born 1837, died 1899 and Ebenezer born 1840, retired from the firm 1903, died 1913. Ebenezer's son, James born 1871, died 1958 was also a partner in the firm but after 1913 left to train as a priest.

Information supplied by Di Stiff.