Richardson of Stourbridge
The Richardson family have a complex history. B. Richardson began at Hawkes & Co. but left & joined up with W.H. Richardson taking over Wordsley Flint Glassworks (fnd 1720). Later W.H. & B. Richardson joined with Thomas Webb I (1804-69) to become Webb & Richardson. The partnership was dissolved in 1836, Webb left selling his interest in the White House Glassworks. The Wordsley works became W.H. , B. & J. Richardson. The works closed in 1852 despite success in the Great Exhibition, due to financial difficulties but reopened within a couple of years by Benjamin Richardson. He formed other partnerships; Hodgetts, Richardson & Pargetter (1836-69) Hodgetts, Richardson & Sons (1871-82) In 1887 his concerns were taken over by Benjamin Richardsons grandsons becoming H.G. Richardson & Sons. It was acquired by Thomas Webb & Sons in 1930 & the firm was operated from the Denis glassworks which finally closed in the late 1960's. The Richardson label was used until the 1970's. Benjamin Richardsons energy & experimentation combined to the partnerships he formed led to the rebirth of English glass. This has earned him the title of 'Father of the Glass trade'. The Richardsons had extensive influence, W.H. Richardson II manged the James Couper Glassworks.