124 Temple Street Pottery

Posted on: September 19th, 2016 by webfooted

Temple Street, Temple parish.

Summary of operating dates and proprietors

1797-1798 Joseph Gadd and Charles Price I.
1798-1804 Charles Price I and Joseph Read, trading as Price & Read.
1805-1820 John Duffett I.
1821-1836 John Milsom (from 1823-1825 he was in partnership with Edward Melsom, trading as Milsom & Melsom).
1836-1858 Edward Melsom and Francis Melsom I.
1858-1861 Edward Melsom.
1861-1867 Francis Melsom II.

The pottery closed.

Joseph Gadd and Charles Price I moved from the Counterslip Pottery to the 124 Temple Street Pottery in 1797.  Gadd died in April 1798 and by 1799 Charles Price I formed a partnership with Joseph Read, the firm being listed in the directories from 1799, trading as Price and Read, brown stone potters.  Joseph Read died in December 1803 and, although Charles Price I carried on the business alone, the firm traded as Price and Read until 1817.  In 1804 Charles Price I moved from the 124 Temple Street Pottery to the premises next door at the 123 (or 125) Temple Street Pottery.

John Duffett I, a red ware potter, then took over the 124 Temple Street Pottery and by 1817 he was also operating the Pipe Lane Pottery on Temple Back.  In 1820 John Duffett I moved all his business to the Pipe Lane Pottery and the 124 Temple Street Pottery was taken over by John Milsom.  In 1823 he entered into a partnership with Edward Melsom, the firm trading as Milsom and Melsom, stone ware potters and patent water pipe manufacturers.  A survey of Temple parish in 1823 lists 124 Temple Street as being occupied by Edward Melsom as a dwelling house, stoneware shop and manufactory.

In November 1825 the partnership between Milsom and Melsom, brown stone potters, was dissolved and John Milsom carried on operating the 124 Temple Street Pottery alone until 1836 when he moved his business to the Redcliff Street Pottery 3.

The 124 Temple Street Pottery was purchased for £410 by Edward and Francis Melsom I in March 1836 when it was described as the ‘messuage together with the potters kiln and other erections and buildings thereon then in the tenure of John Melsom, stone potter’.  They had previously been operating the St Philip’s Pottery 4.  In 1851 Francis Melsom II was described as a ‘master potter, employing 8 men’ and they were listed in the directories as being ‘stoneware and patent water pipe manufacturers’.

Francis Melsom II died in December 1858 and Edward Melsom carried on the business alone being described in the 1861 census as a ‘stoneware manufacturer employing 9 men and 7 boys’ and in the directories as a ‘white glazed and patent stone ware potter and patent water pipe manufacturer’.

In 1861 the pottery was taken over by Francis Melsom II, the son of Francis Melsom I and he continued the business until 1867 when the pottery closed.

Wares produced

Under Charles Price and Joseph Read: stonewares.
Under John Duffett: red earthenwares.
Under John Milsom and subsequent proprietors: stonewares, including patent water pipes and, under Edward and Francis Melsom I and II, ‘white glazed’ wares.

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