Three generations of the Mortlock family lived in Meldreth and Melbourn during the 19th and 20th centuriees. They were wealthy land owners who owed their prosperity to their ancestor John Mortlock (1695 - 1758), the founder of the Mortlock China Company of Regents Street. Click on the pages below to find out more about this influential family and its impact on Meldreth.
The Mortlock family were a powerful influence in Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire for much of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.
the noted Cambridgeshire Antiquary and Author of Monuments and Coats of Arms of Cambridgeshire.
Graves, Tomb, Vault, Stone Tablet and Stained Glass Window
Much of Meldreth was owned by the Mortlock Family in the C19th and C20th.
A highly respected china business that survived for nearly 200 years. Small broken pieces of china can still be found on the driveway of 'The Mortlocks' in the village where it was used as ballast.
Manufactured to a high quality, Mortlock China is still much sought after today and fetches very high prices at auction.
- the Great Grandmother of John George Mortlock of Meldreth
- the poor(er) relations of the wealthy China Mortlocks
Born in Edgware, Middx, William Mortlock moved to Meldreth in 1815 where he lived until his death in 1833.
John Mortlock, father of John George, was born in Paddington in 1807 and moved to Meldreth at the age of 8.
Born on March 11th 1835 in Paddington, John George Mortlock became a big landowner and gentleman of distinction in Meldreth.
Although a very wealthy man John George Mortlock gave back to the community of Meldreth
- a grand Victorian gentleman