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Shelley History - The People

Michael Shelley (1744-1788)

Thomas and Michael Shelley bought some land at Lane End (this area later became Longton). They set up two separate businesses which were successful and developed a thriving trade producing plates and dishes. Josiah Wedgewood of Etruria was known to be a customer. When Michael died in 1788, his business was sold, but after two years, Thomas bought it back and ran both businesses.