19th C. Staffordshire Transferware Plate Macclesfield Bridge
"Macclesfield Bridge, Regent’s Park" pattern from Enoch Wood & Sons’ “London View” series. Circa 1818–1846.
Dimensions: Approximately 7½” diameter.
The border has vine leaves and bunches of grapes and a gadrooned edge.
The central scene depicting the bridge is within a rectangular frame of scallop shell, acanthus scroll, and leaf motifs. It is based upon a drawing by Thomas H. Shepherd that appeared as print series “Metropolitan Improvements” circa 1827.
The reverse has an impressed Woods mark and a painted cartouche containing the name of the series and the scene. It also has a painted “8”, which may be a workman’s mark.
The pattern is described in Coysh, A. W. and Henrywood, R. K., The Dictionary of Blue and White Printed Pottery 1780-1880 Vol. I, at page 233.
Condition: In excellent condition consistent with age and usage. See photos.
Macclesfield was one of 40 bridges spanning Regent's Canal, which ran along the north side of Regent’s Park. The bridge served as the north gate to the Park and connected it to Primrose Hill. It was named for Lord Macclesfield, chairman of the Regent's Canal company. It is ironic that a barge is depicted in this scene, as a barge being towed by a steam tug and loaded with five tons of gunpowder exploded under the bridge in 1874, killing the crew and destroying the bridge and nearby houses. It was rebuilt in 1876.