Agreement on the price of straw - from the Enoch Wood Scrapbook

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Date:1790 - 1799 (c.)

Description:While pottery manufacturers could agree on a standard list of prices for their wares, the cost of packaging was less predictable.

In this agreement, local manufacturers complain of the "loss and detriment" to their businesses, suffered as a result of the rising price of straw.

They agree on a common course of action to ensure a level playing field for all:

"...that for every crate of ware we shall pack from and after the 14th day of October ... to charge the same price for straw for packing each crate, as the crate itself costs without the cover."

The signatories include:

  • Henshall, Williamson and Clowes

  • Edward Bourne

  • James Brindley

  • James Birch

  • Anthony Keeling and Sons

  • Joseph Smith

  • William Adams

  • Samuel and Thomas Cartlich

  • Caleb Cole

  • Thomas Goodwin

  • Josiah Wedgwood

  • John Harrison

  • John Booth and Sons

  • Samuel Spode

  • Ambrose Smith

  • John Robinson and Sons

  • John Wood

  • Wood and Caldwell

  • William Dawson

  • Jacob Warburton

  • Thomas Wedgwood

  • John Gilbert

  • Lewis Heath

  • Timothy and John Lockett

  • William Bedson

  • Ralph Wood

  • Thomas Holland

  • Josiah Spode

  • Thomas Wolfe

  • Thomas Forrester

  • Anne Martin

  • Theophilus Smith

  • Robert Garner

  • Forrester and Harvey

  • John Blackwell


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    This document was collected by local industrialist Enoch Wood and is now part of the collections at Stoke-on-Trent Museums.

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