Armitage Shanks is arguably my favourite toilet pan manufacturer. The company that became Armitage Shanks was founded in 1817 by Thomas Bond in Armitage, Staffordshire. The Armitage “sanitary pottery manufacture” became a successful UK toilet manufacturer. In 1907 Armitage Ware Limited was incorporated.
In 1969 Armitage merged with Shanks Holdings Limited, a competing “sanitary engineering company” established at Barrhead near Glasgow, Renfrewshire in 1878, producing the famous brand name Armitage Shanks.
This site includes some historical images of Armitage toilets.