Bristol Potters and Potteries

Research by Reg Jackson

Bristol Potters

Research by Reg Jackson

ABBOTT Thomas III

Born c1806 in Lambeth, London (51C).

1849 1 Jul. Noted as a potter of West Street, Holy Trinity parish, when his daughter Betsy was baptised. Wife: Betsy (HTPR).
1851 Potter, 9 Lamb Street, St Augustine the Less parish (45), living with his wife Betsy (29), born in Huish Champflower, Somerset, and daughter Betsy (2) (51C).

 

ABBOTT Thomas I

1845 3 Feb. Noted as a potter on the marriage of his daughter Hannah (27) to William Stowell (JaPR).

 

ABBOTT Thomas II

Born c1806 in Lambeth, London (61C).

1847 31 Jan. Jacob Street, St Philip’s parish, with wife Sarah (PPR).
1861 Possibly the Thomas Abbott (55), stone ware potter, born in Lambeth and lodging in Craig Llanguick, Languick, Glamorgan, South Wales. Meanwhile his wife Sarah (51), born in Lambeth, and daughter Betsy (12), were lodging at 25 Great Ann Street, Temple parish (61C)
1871 12 Butter Lane, Temple parish (64), living with his wife Sarah (60) and daughter Betsy (21) (71C).

Children:

Matilda, bapt. 31 Jan 1847 (PPR)

 

ABBOTT William I

1715 3 Sep. Noted as a potter when his son, Richard, was apprenticed to John Davis, a glassmaker (A).

 

ABBOTT William II

Born c1850 in Bath (71C).

1871  A pottery labourer (21), with wife Jane (21) at 6 Pannetts Court, St Mary Redcliffe parish (71C).

Child:
Selina, born c1871 in Bristol (71C).

 

ADAMS Arthur John

Born c1890 in Bristol, the son of Arthur Leonard Adams (11C).

1911 Accountant, pottery, 37 Logan Road, Bishopston (21), living with his parents and siblings (11C).

 

ADLAM (ADLUM) George I

The father of William Adlam (A).

1720 24 Mar. Noted as a potter of Brislington when his son, William, was apprenticed to Mary Orchard (A, Ao, Ar).
1726 14 Mar. Noted as a potter of Brislington when his son, Samuel, was apprenticed to Henry Bevan, a glazier (A, Ar).
1733 22 Nov. ‘William Crouch agt. George Adlam, potter, Pile Street’ (C).
1737 22 Nov. A potter of Brislington he was to appear with his son, Abraham, at the next Sessions to prosecute Thomas Ross, a soldier, for an assault with a sword (T).
1756 26 Dec. Possibly the George Adlam buried (BrisPR).
Rate book entries:
1719-27  George Adlam (Brislington–Highway)

 

ADAMS Arthur Leonard

Born c1866 in St Michael’s parish, the father of Arthur John Adams (11C).

1891 Accountant, Norman Villa, Somerville Road, Bishopston (26), living with his wife Amelia (24) and son Arthur (1), both born in Bristol (91C).
1895 9 Aug. He was described as a cashier for Messrs Pountney & Co., at the Victoria Pottery (Bristol Mercury).
1900 23 Feb. He was noted as working at the Bristol Pottery (Western Daily Press).
1901 Cashier, 116 Belmont Road, Ashley Down (35), living with his wife Amelia (35), and children Arthur (11), Amy (9), Violet (6) and Olive (3), all born in Bristol (01C).
1905 26 Dec. He was recorded as an employee of Pountney & Co. Ltd (Western Daily Press).
1911 Manager, pottery, 37 Logan Road, Bishopston (45), living with his wife Amelia (45) and children (11C).
1919 21 Apr. Described as the general manager of Pountneys, he attended the funeral of Walter Henry Maurice Tucker, a commercial traveller with the company (Western Daily Press).
1935 7 Jan. Described as the managing director of Pountneys (Western Daily Press).
1942 18 Aug. He was described as a joint managing director of Pountneys (Western Daily Press).
1955 26 Jun. He died at 48 St John’s Road, Clifton. Probate was granted to William Cook, solicitor, Leslie Philip, insurance broker and Norman Clifford, chartered accountant. Effects valued as £12,067.18s.3d (PRO National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations) 1858-1966).

 

ADLAM (ADLUM) George II

1748 29 May. George Adlam married Ann Thomas (RPR).
1754 29 Mar. He obtained his freedom as a potter through his marriage to Ann the daughter of William Thomas a tobacco pipe maker, deceased (F, G).
1754 St Mary Redcliffe parish (P).
1766 20 May. Ann Adlam buried (RPR).
1774 5 Oct. Charles Groves became a free glass maker through his marriage to ‘Mary, daughter of George Adlam, potter, deceased’ (G).
Children:
Mary, bapt 29 Sep 1751 (RPR)
Ann, bapt 5 Nov 1753 (RPR)
Betty, bapt 30 Nov 1755 (RPR)

ADAMS John

1830 31 Jan. Temple parish with wife Mary Ann (PPR).

Child:
James Moore, bapt. 31 Jan 1830 (PPR).

ADLAM William

Born c.1706, the son of George Adlam I (A).

1720 24 Mar. The son of George Adlam I of Brislington, potter, he was apprenticed to Mary Orchard (A, Ao, Ar).
1727 24 Jul. He obtained his freedom as a potter (F, G).
1728 16 Jun. William Adlam married Grace Fry (RPR).
1729 22 Jun. William Adlam ‘aged about 23 years’ buried (RPR).

 

ADAMS (ADDAMS) Jonas

1734 12 Feb. A potmaker of St Mary Redcliffe parish he was granted a licence to marry Elizabeth Fry of the same parish, at St Mary Redcliffe church (M).
1735 17 Feb. Noted as a ‘pottmaker at the Glasshouse’ when his son William was baptised (RPR).
1742 4 Mar. Mary Adams buried (RPR).
Children:
William, bapt 17 Feb 1735 (RPR)
Jonas, bapt 28 Feb 1737 (RPR)
Mary, bapt 13 Feb 1742 (RPR)

ADAMS Robert

The son of Samuel Adams, deceased, a house carpenter, late of Bristol (A, Ao).

1761 5 Aug or Sep. He was apprenticed to William I and Mary Maynard with £10 from Edward Colston, deceased (A, Ao).
1772 22 Feb. He obtained his freedom as a potter (F, G).
1774 St Philip’s parish (P).
1780 Elizabeth, the wife of Robert Adams of St Philip’s parish, potter, received £1 from John Whitson’s Charity for poor women in child bed (JW).
1781 St Philip’s parish (P).
1783 Elizabeth, the wife of Robert Adams of St Philip’s parish, potter, received £1 from Ann Thurston’s Charity for the relief of poor women in child bed (BRO 041919).
1784 St Philip’s parish (P).
He was probably the Robert Adams who received the following wages from the Bedminster Pottery:
1788 4 Oct: 15 shillings; 11 Oct: 15s; 18 Oct: 15s; 25 Oct: 15s; 1 Nov: 15s; 8 Nov: 15s; 15 Nov: 16s.9d; 22 Nov: 17s.11d; 29 Nov: 15s.7d. (Bedminster Pottery Day Book).
1789 27 Jun: 16s.6d; 4 Jul: 13s.5½d; 11 Jul: 18s.2½d (Bedminster Pottery Day Book).
1799 Elizabeth, the wife of Robert Adams of Bedminster, potter, received £1 from John Whitson’s Charity for poor women in child bed (JW).

 

ALBERT POTTERY COMPANY

See the Potteries section for the St Philip’s Pottery 11.

Previously Joseph Hands.

1875-78 Albert Pottery Company, St Philip’s Marsh (WD)
1880 Albert Pottery Company. Manager: J.F. Morse (Slater’s D)
1883-84 Albert Pottery Company, York Street (KD).
1885 Albert Pottery Company, York Street, makers of all kinds of flower and garden pots (KD).
1886-90 Albert Pottery Company, St Philip’s Marsh. Manager: John Morse (WD).
1897 Potters, Victoria Terrace (KD).
1899-1900 Potters, St Philip’s Marsh (Town D).
1901 Potters, St Philip’s Marsh, John Morse, manager (WD, Town D).
1902-03 Potters, St Philip’s Marsh (KD, Town D).
1906 Albert Pottery, York Street (Sharp D).

The Pottery appears to have closed after 1906.

ALDRIDGE Samuel

Born c1808, the son of Thomas Aldridge of Bristol, custom house officer (A, Ao).

1823 16 Apr. Apprenticed to J.D. Pountney and Sarah (A, Ao).
1830 Hillsbridge Parade, Bedminster (P).
1832 23 Sep. Bedminster, with wife Ann (JBPR).
1832 & 34 Hillsbridge Parade, Bedminster (List of Electors, BRO 04736).
Child:
Sarah Ann, bapt. 23 Sep 1832 (JBPR).

ALLBRIGHT Henry

See the Potteries section for the Wilder Street Pottery.

Henry Allbright’s widow, Elizabeth, appears to have married William Matchin I and this is possibly how he acquired the Wilder Street Pottery although the location of the Pottery is not given in Allbright’s will.

1732 Allegation for marriage licence. Henry Allbright potmaker of Westbury Super Trim and Elizabeth Morley of Keynsham to marry at Bedminster (Gloucester Public Library: Hockaday Abstracts).
1746 21 Oct. Will: ‘I Henry Allbright of the City of Bristol potter … give devise and bequeath unto my dear wife Elizabeth all that my messuage and tenement wherein I now live together with the garden workhouses and all appurtenances thereunto belonging to hold to my said wife Elizabeth her heirs and assigns for ever and as to all my goods chattels moneys and personal estate of what nature kind and quality soever I give and bequeath the same and every part thereof unto my said dear wife Elizabeth her executors and administrators for ever and I do make and appoint my said wife to be the sole executrix of this my will’. Signed 20 October 1746.  Witnesses: Elizabeth Collett, David Kimmerly, Jas Browne. (BRO Will 1/1753).
1753 2 Jan. The will was proved in Bristol.

 

ALLBRIGHT James

1739 St James’s parish (P).

ALLEN George

1819 12 Dec. St Mary Redcliffe parish, with wife Sarah (JBPR).
Child:
Eliza Maria, bapt. 12 Dec 1819 (JBPR).

ALLEN Henry

Born c1812, the son of Isaac Allen of Bristol, tobacco pipe maker (A, Ao, Price & Jackson 1979).

1826 6 Dec. Apprenticed to J.D. Pountney and Susannah (A, Ao).
1852 Pile Street, Bedminster (P).

ALLEN Mary

Born c1828, the daughter of Sarah Allen, charwoman (51C).

1851 A potter sorter (23), living with her mother and Ann Hare, at 6 Lewis’s Buildings, Temple parish (51C).