Edward Fisher Bodley

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Edward Fisher Bodley (1815–1881) was an English businessman, owner of a Staffordshire pottery. It operated on several sites in what is now Stoke-on-Trent. He had been a Congregationalist minister, and retained religious interests.

Early life[edit]

In early life, Bodley was an nonconformist minister. He trained at Highbury College, and ministered at Steeple Bumpstead, Essex, as successor to Ebenezer Temple.[1][2] He moved south within Essex, to a congregation at Rochford, where he was in 1842.[3][4] In 1843 he published Three Sermons on Revivals of Religion".[5]


Bodley spent time as a commercial traveller. In business on his own account, he was successful as a pottery owner.[6]

The pottery company E. F. Bodley & Co. was set up in the early 1860s. A table service used on CSS Alabama was manufactured by it.[7][8] It was established manufacturing earthenwares at the Scotia Pottery in Burslem in 1862. In 1863–7 its activities or trading are not easily distinguished from those of Bodley & Harrold;[9] Bodley and William Harrold dissolved a partnership in 1865.[10] The parting was not amicable.[11]

Bodley & Harrold ceramic mark

The business continued to expand, and came to occupy three sites.[11] The Hill Top Pottery in Burslem was a legacy of Samuel Alcock. It came via Alcock & Diggory to Bodley & Diggory in 1870, and to E. F. Bodley & Co. in 1871.[12] Thomas Richard Diggory, partner for a short time with Bodley, was declared bankrupt in 1872.[13]

Bodley was appointed a Justice of the Peace in 1872.[14] He was mayor of Hanley in 1873, and presided over a meeting in 1874 to celebrate the foundation of the Town Mission Hall there.[15][16] He retired from business in 1875, and his son Edwin James Drew Bodley took over the running of part of the Hill Pottery (from 1882 the Crown Works).[17]

In 1876 Bodley laid a chapel foundation stone in Congleton.[18] His residence is given as Shelton, Staffordshire, near Hanley, and Dane Bank House. He died in 1881.[19]


A company continued to trade under the name E. F. Bodley & Son, of Longport, from c. 1881 until 1898, with mark "E. F. B. & Son".[20] Separately, the Bodley & Son company from 1875, successor to Bodley & Diggory, traded from the Hill Pottery, Burslem.[21]


Bodley was survived by his second wife Mary Ridgeway, daughter of Joseph Ridgway. John Edward Courtenay Bodley was their son.[19] A further son was Edward Ridgway.[22] The third son Alfred Joseph Ridgway married in 1883 Mary Eleanor Reade, daughter of Rev. John Chorley Reade.[23][24]


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  2. ^ The Evangelical Magazine and Missionary Chronicle. 1842. p. 86. 
  3. ^ The Home Missionary Magazine. July 1836 – December 1846. 1842. p. 99. Retrieved 3 June 2017. 
  4. ^ Wilson, Joshua (1846). A Memoir of the Life and Character of Thomas Wilson, Esq., Treasurer of Highbury College. J. Snow. p. 226. Retrieved 3 June 2017. 
  5. ^ The Baptist Magazine. J. Burditt and W. Button. 1843. p. 471. 
  6. ^ Gilley, Sheridan. "Bodley, John Edward Courtenay". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/37203.  (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
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  9. ^ Godden, Geoffrey A. (1964). Encyclopaedia of British Pottery and Porcelain Marks. Barrie & Jenkins. p. 82. ISBN 9780257657820. Retrieved 3 June 2017. 
  10. ^ The London Gazette. T. Neuman. 1865. p. 2272. 
  11. ^ a b "Printed British Pottery & Porcelain, Bodley & Harrold (Maker)". Retrieved 3 June 2017. 
  12. ^ Jervis, William Percival (c. 1911). "A Pottery Primer". Internet Archive. New York: The O'Gorman Publishing Co. p. 129. Retrieved 3 June 2017. 
  13. ^ "No. 23853". The London Gazette. 30 April 1872. p. 2134. 
  14. ^ Accounts and Papers of the House of Commons. Ordered to be printed. 1875. p. 19. 
  15. ^ Thom, Adam Bisset (1878). The County & Borough Magistrates List and Official & Parliamentary Registeraccessdate=3 June 2017. p. 258. 
  16. ^ The Methodist New Connexion Magazine and Evangelical Repository. 1874. p. 496. 
  17. ^ "E J D Bodley, thepotteries.org". Retrieved 3 June 2017. 
  18. ^ Evangelical Magazine and Missionary Chronicle. 1876. p. 428. 
  19. ^ a b Walford, Edward (1889). "The County Families of the United Kingdom; or, Royal manual of the titled and untitled aristocracy of England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland". Internet Archive. London: Chatto & Windus. p. 101. Retrieved 3 June 2017. 
  20. ^ Godden, Geoffrey A. (1999). New Handbook of British Pottery & Porcelain Marks. Barrie and Jenkins. p. 155. ISBN 9780091865801. Retrieved 3 June 2017. 
  21. ^ Godden, Geoffrey A. (1964). Encyclopaedia of British Pottery and Porcelain Marks. Barrie & Jenkins. pp. 83–. ISBN 9780257657820. Retrieved 3 June 2017. 
  22. ^ "Rugby School Register, Harvard University, Vol. 3, 1891 – Compilation of Published Sources – MyHeritage". Retrieved 2 June 2017. 
  23. ^ The Pall Mall Budget: Being a Weekly Collection of Articles Printed in the Pall Mall Gazette from Day to Day, with a Summary of News. 1883. p. 32. 
  24. ^ "Reade, John Chorley (RD848JC)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.