Hydepark & Springburn Potteries

Hydepark, Flagon
Hydepark, Flagon
Hydepark Pottery, 1857, OS NLS Map
Hydepark Pottery, 1857, OS NLS Map

Overview

Relatively little is known about these two potteries which it appears were under the same ownership, that of the brothers John and William McAdam.

The date quoted for the start of Hydepark Pottery is 1837 and the date of closure of the reincarnation of Hydepark in the newly built Springburn Pottery is 1879 which according to Kelly coincides with the financial troubles of William McAdam made worse by an economic recession at the time.

Fleming states that John McAdam was ‘an intimate friend and constant correspondent of Garibaldi’ and called his eldest son Menotti Garibaldi McAdam after Garibaldi’s own son. There was a glassworks beside the pottery at Hydepark, which brother ran which works is a matter of conjecture.

The move to erect a new pottery at Springburn seems to have sprung from a desire to have a purpose built establishment to tap into a booming market. However as stated above, boom turned to bust very quickly in the 1870’s and the pottery, is seems, never got off the ground. It lay idle for several years before being bought by the Campbellfield Pottery Company Ltd. There was no connection between the McAdam’s and Campbellfield.  

There are accounts of a John and William McAdam who were contracted by George Guthrie to Bendigo Pottery, Australia. They may be younger relations to our John and William McAdam. 

It is said that John of Bendigo Pottery claimed to have served his apprenticeship at Hydepark Glasgow and indeed he called the pottery he established at Castlemaine, Victoria: ‘Hyde Park Pottery’.

As stated above, much needs to done to unravel the true history of this pottery, its owners and its wares.

Main Products

Stoneware flagons & utilitarian stoneware.

The types of ware which bear the Hydepark mark are exclusively stoneware, although Fleming states that Rockingham ware in teapots was its mainstay. Quail, in SPHR11, states that Fleming was almost entirely wrong about the McAdam brothers and that this has annoyed the family.

It is not clear if the wares were exported. It is suspected that they were made only for the domestic market, but this is uncertain.

Articles in SPHR

Typical Backstamps & Marks

Wares stamped or incised ‘McAdam’, Hydepark Works, Glasgow. 

Pattern Names

  • No patterns produced.  

Public Collections