Godfrey Wedgwood (1833-1903)

Eldest son of Francis 'Frank' Wedgwood, and partner at Etruria from 1859 to 1891, first with his father, and later with his younger brothers Clement and Laurence. With his brothers he was responsible for the re-introduction of bone china around 1876. He was also largely responsible for the employment of Emile Lessore and Thomas Allen. In 1898, like his illustrious forebear, Josiah Wedgwood I, he suffered the amputation of his right leg, cheerfully telling the Etruria workmen that this - '…….entitles me to the same nickname my great-grandfather was known by on the works, viz, Owd, Woodenleg'.

It was Godfrey who in 1887 arranged to buy the Mayer collection of manuscript material which largely related to the early years of the company's history. It is this collection which now forms the nucleus of the Wedgwood archives.

For further information on the life of Godfrey Wedgwood and the other family members cited above, see the Lives of the Wedgwoods Discovery Pack.

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Godfrey Wedgwood, © Wedgwood Museum

Godfrey Wedgwood
© Wedgwood Museum