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Shelley History - The People

Thomas Bolton Shelley (1802-1840)

Thomas Bolton was orphaned at the age of two and was brought up by his uncle, William Shelley (1786-1841). He continued the family tradition and worked in the pottery industry. In 1835 he married Eliza Ball and in 1836 Eliza gave birth to a son whom they named Joseph Ball Shelley. It was Joseph Ball Shelley who eventually went into partnership with James Wileman that led onto the company that became the renowned Shelley Potteries.