Stapleton Road Pottery 3

Posted on: August 9th, 2016 by webfooted

3 Regina Place, Stapleton Road.
(also Queen Street and St Philip’s Marsh)

Summary of operating dates and proprietors

1857-1868 Frederick Wildgoose.

The pottery closed.

It is not known when this pottery was established.  Frederick Wildgoose traded as a brick and tile maker at 3 Easton Buildings, Easton Road from 1852 to 1853, at 16 Victoria Place, Stapleton Road in 1854 and at 3 Regina Place, Stapleton Road from 1855 to 1856.  The first reference to a pottery was in 1857 at the 3 Regina Place premises when Wildgoose was trading as a ‘brown ware pottery, brick and tile maker’.

Although his address was given as 3 Regina Place until 1868, there was a reference to his pottery in Queen Street in February 1860: ‘Stoneware and redware. Wholesale and retail purchasers of the above goods are respectfully informed that the best and cheapest place in Bristol for improved white-glazed stoneware and redware, of every description, is at F. Wildgoose’s stoneware pottery, Queen Street, Castle Street, Bristol. Where a good stock of every description of the above goods is constantly on sale. Flower pots, ornamental vases, etc, at remarkably low prices. Also some good seconds ware at half price’.

In 1860 he was exporting earthenware and red ware to Guernsey and Jersey.  The 1861 census showed him as a brick and tile manufacturer employing 7 men and 4 boys and living at Regina Place.

In February 1862 he advertised: ‘Flower pots … for sale, at a reduced price … also some well made, hard burnt rhubarb and seakale pots, which may be seen and price known by applying to F. Wildgoose’s red ware pottery, St Philip’s Marsh’.  A court case in 1865 involving Frederick Wildgoose and Alfred Niblett referred to Wildgoose as the proprietor of a ‘brick and tile yard at St Philip’s Marsh, together with a pottery adjoining’.

The last reference to the pottery was in 1868 and by 1871 Wildgoose had become a commission agent.

Wares produced

He was originally a brick and tile maker, brown ware first being mentioned in 1857 and improved white-glazed stoneware and redware in 1860.  His products included flower pots, ornamental vases, rhubarb pots and seakale pots.

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