James Wright Beswick, with sons John and Gilbert in 1894 founded J. W. Beswick , a pottery manufacturer. Beswick pieces are now very collectable especially the porcelain figurines such as farm animals and Beatrix Potter characters.
The company was based at Longton, Stoke-On-Trent and originally made Staffordshire cats and dogs ornaments.In 1921 James Wright Beswick died but the company continued expanding after his death and in 1934 they started to produce some high quality figurines.
1936 saw Beswick producing top quality farm animals, a product that Beswick are renowned for amongst collectors, the company itself continued expanding. It was Lucy Beswick in 1947 that came up with the idea of manufacturing the characters in the famous Beatrix Potter books, and started producing these in 1948 followed 4 years later with a range of Walt Disney characters.
Royal Doulton bought Beswick in 1969 and continued to use the name until 1989, they re-introduced the Beatrix Potter characters in 1998 but for only 4 years when Royal Doulton stopped production of all Beswick products.
2008 : John Sinclair has now bought the Beswick name and he has started to produce and new range under the John Beswick name. Notice that it is without the LTD part as some of the earlier pieces have this.