Bristol Potters and Potteries

Research by Reg Jackson

Bristol Potters - E

Research by Reg Jackson


Born c1821 in St Mary Redcliffe parish, the son of William Elbury and the brother of Henry Elbury and William Richard Elbury, and the father of Henry Elbury (61C, 71C, 81C).

1821 11 Mar. Probably the Edward Elbury baptised at St John’s, Bedminster, the son of William and Ann Elbury (Ancestry website).
1841 Journeyman potter, Avon Cottage, St Philip’s Marsh (20), living with his parents (41C).
1851 Potter, lodging at 105 Dyers Street, Lambeth, Surrey (30) (51C).
1851 29 Jun. A stone potter, the son of William Elbury, a stone potter, he married Jane Simmons (26), the daughter of John Simmons at St Leonard’s church, Shoreditch, London (Ancestry website).
1861 Stoneware potter, 23 Harford Street, Bedminster (40), living with his wife Jane (38) born in East Grinstead, Sussex, his children and his father William Elbury (67), stoneware potter, born in Bristol and his brother Henry Elbury (22), stoneware potter, born in Bristol (61C).
1862 St Mary Redcliffe parish (TPR).
1871 Stoneware potter, 7 York Road, Bedminster (50), living with his wife Jane and children (71C).
1880 21 Sep. Noted as a potter when his son Thomas (18) a hotel servant of 9 Orchard Square, St Mary Redcliffe parish, married Emily Collier (20) (RPR).
1901 Potter, widower, 4 Merioneth Street, Bedminster (80) (01C).
1905 Died in Bristol, aged 83 (Ancestry website).
Edward Henry, born c1852 in London (61C), Eliza Jane, born c1856 in Bristol (61C), Henry William, born c1860 in Bristol (61C), Thomas, born in 1862 in Bedminster, bapt 4 May 1862 (71C, TPR)



Born c1858 in Bedminster, the son of Edward Elbury (71C, 81C).

1871 Possibly the Henry William Elbury, living with his parents at 7 York Road, Bedminster (71C).
1881 40 Somerset Street, Bedminster (23), living with his wife Alice (21), born in Bristol (81C).


ELBURY Henry Edwin

Born c1838 in Bristol, the son of William Elbury and the brother of Edward Elbury and William Richard Elbury (51C).

1861 Stoneware potter, 23 Harford Street, Bedminster (22) he was living with his brother Edward and his family and also with his father (61C).
1863 10 Mar. Wellesley Street (24) the son of William Elbury I, potter, he married Emma Fry (20) the daughter of Thomas Fry, a farmer (HTPR).
1868 St Mary Redcliffe parish (TPR).
1871 Stoneware potter, 9 Clarence Square, Bedminster (32), living with his wife Emma (27), born in Norton, Somerset, and children (71C).
1881 Stoneware potter, 39 Stratfield Road, Bromley, London (42), living with his wife Emma (38) and children (81C).
1891 He was still living and working in Bromley (91C).
1901 He had moved to Christchurch, West Ham, Stratford, London (01C).
Ada, born c1863 in Bristol (71C), Charles, born c1866 in Bristol (71C), Emma Rosa, bapt 29 Nov 1868 (TPR), Henry, born c1871 in Bristol (71C), Rose, born c1875 in London (81C), Emma, born c1877 in London (81C)

ELBURY Richard

Born c1801 in Somerset (41C).

1841 Redcliff Crescent East, Bedminster (40), born in county (41C).


Born c1827 in St Philip’s parish, possibly the son of William Elbury (PPR, 51C).

1827 24 Jun. Possibly the Thomas Elbury baptised, the son of William and Ann Elbury, potter, of St Philip’s parish (PPR).
1851 Potter, 4 South Lambeth, Lambeth, London (24), living with his wife Emma (23), born in Wales, and children Richard (2), born in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, and Emma (1), born in London (51C).
1855 16 Dec. Potter, Temple parish on the baptism of his daughter Susan Jane (TPR).
1861 Refreshment house keeper, 9 Bridewell Street, St James’s parish (33), living with his wife Emma (33), and children including Emily (age illegible), born in St James’s parish (61C).


ELBURY William

Born c1793 in Bristol, the father of Edward, Henry, William Richard and possibly Thomas Elbury (51C, PPR).

1807 11 Nov. He was apprenticed to John and Frances Cole (A, Ao).
1818 He was one of eight journeymen potters who was convicted of entering into an unlawful agreement for ‘controlling and affecting Messrs. Wm. & Thos. Powell, being persons carrying on the manufacture trade or business of a potter, in the conduct or management thereof, & severally sentenced to be imprisoned in the House of Correction for one month’.  The Bright goblet to commemorate this event was made on 4 Dec. 1818 (Bristol Museum Acc. No. 2225). He was employed by W. & T. Powell.
1819 25 Apr. Stone potter, St James’s parish (JaPR).
1823 28 Sep. Tiley’s Building, Old Market, St Philip’s parish (PPR).
1825-31 St Philip’s parish (PPR).
1830 St Philip’s Marsh (P).
1832 St Philip’s Marsh (P).
1832 & 34 St Philip’s Marsh (List of Electors BRO 04736).
1833-42 Marsh, St Philip’s parish (PPR).
1837 St Philip’s Marsh (P).
1841 Journeyman potter, Avon Cottage, St Philip’s Marsh, St Philip’s parish (40), living with his wife Ann and children (41C).
1841 St Philip’s Marsh (P).
1844 Possibly the ‘R. Elbury’, stoneware potter, red ware chimney & garden pot manufacturer, Avon Street, St Philip’s (MD).
1850 31 May. Noted as a potter when his son William II (31) of Langton Street, Bedminster, married Matilda Jarvis (JBPR).
1851 Stoneware potter, 2 Russell Street, St Mary Redcliffe parish (58), living with his wife Ann (56) born in Bristol and children (51C).
1852 Russell Street, St Mary Redcliff parish (P).
1861 Stoneware potter, 23 Harford Street, Bedminster (67) he was living with his son Edward and his family, and his son Henry (61C).
1863 10 Mar. Noted as a potter when his son Henry Edwin (24) of Wellesley Street married Emma Fry (HTPR).
William Richard, bapt 25 Apr 1819 (JaPR), William, born c1821 in Bristol (41C), Edward, born c1821 in Bristol (41C), Elizabeth Ann (aged 3 wks), bapt 28 Dep 1823 (PPR), Thomas, bapt 25 Dec 1825 (PPR), Thomas, bapt 24 Jun 1827 (PPR), George, bapt 12 Jun 1831 (PPR), Emma, bapt 25 Aug 1833 (PPR), Richard Hardwick (aged 1 mth), bapt 28 Aug 1836 (PPR), Henry Edwin, born c1838 in Bristol (51C), James, born c1839 in Bristol (41C), Richard Hardwick (aged 6 wks), bapt 17 Aug 1842 (PPR)


ELBURY William Richard

Born c1819 in Bristol, the son of William Elbury and brother of Edward, Henry and possibly Thomas Elbury (51C, JaPR).

1819 25 Apr. Baptised, the son of William Elbury (JaPR).
1850 31 May. Langton Street, Bedminster (31), the son of William Elbury I, he married Matilda Jarvis (27), widow (JBPR).
1850 25 Aug. Langston Street, Bedminster (JBPR).
1851 Journeyman stoneware potter, 34 Langton Street, Bedminster (32), living with his wife Matilda (28), born in Lambeth, London, and daughter Phillis (51C).
1853 9 Jan. St Mary Redcliffe parish (TPR).
1855 8 Apr. St Thomas Street (TPR).
1861 Stoneware potter, Wandsworth Road, Lambeth (42), living with his wife Matilda (37) and children (61C).
1871 His wife was still living in London, but was a widow (71C).
Phillis Susannah Matilda, bapt 25 Aug 1850 (JBPR), William Francis Leopold, bapt 9 Jan 1853 (TPR), Julia Emma, bapt 8 Apr 1855 (TPR)


Born c1855 in Bristol (71C).

1871 Potter, Rich’s Buildings, St Philip’s parish (16) (71C).

ELLIS Arthur

See the Potteries List section for the Crown Pottery Company.

The Pottery had previously been run by his father, John Ellis II.

1885-86 Arthur Ellis ran the Crown Pottery Company.

He died in March 1886 and the Pottery was advertised for sale. It was acquired by Thomas Bertram Johnson.


Born c1858 in Bristol, the son of John Ellis II and the brother of Henry Ellis (71C).

1871 Crown Pottery, Clouds Hill, St George (13), living with his father, aunt and siblings (71C).
1881 Manufacturer, boarding at 96 Victoria Villas, St James and St Paul’s parish (23) (81C).
1884 29 Mar. ‘For sale. Spring cart, would suit cob 14 hands. Also a set of harness, nearly new. Arthur Ellis, Crown Pottery, St George’s’ (Western Daily Press).
1885-87 Arthur Ellis, earthenware manufacturer, Crown Pottery, St George (WD).
1885 30 Mar. Offers wanted for 300 dozen jars, holding 8 oz and 2 oz respectively. Crown Potteries, St George’s’ (Western Daily Press).
1885 18 Sep. ‘To grocers and others. Lot of earthenware butter stands, cheap. Apply Crown Potteries, St George’s’ (Western Daily Press).
1886 16 Feb. ‘Dog cart, with cushions and india rubber mats. Also nearly new silver-mounted harness. Crown Potteries, St George’s’ (Western Daily Press).
1886 15 Mar. ‘Died March 11, at Swansea Villa, Cromwell Road, St Andrew’s, Arthur Ellis, late of Crown Potteries St George, aged 28’ (Western Daily Press).
1886 25 Jun. ‘Crown Pottery, St George’s. In consequence of the death of the late proprietor, the executor of the estate is prepared to sell this very desirable and compact business which has been carried on so successfully for some years past, and was in full work until very recently. The business presents an admirable opportunity for investment of a moderate capital, and can be continued at once as a going concern’ (Western Daily Press).
1886 14 Aug. The Crown Pottery, St George, was advertised for sale by auction, described as: ‘All that close of freehold land, containing 2 acres (more or less), and situate at St George’s, with the various buildings erected thereon; consisting of a commodious dwelling house, counting house, capital warehouses, kilns, workshops, etc. The valuable machinery and plant, including a 20 horse-power steam engine and boiler, and the goodwill of the business will be included in the sale. The pottery is situate within easy distance of Bristol, but being just outside the city boundary the taxes are low. A never failing stream of pure water runs through the premises.  The late Mr Ellis carried on a lucrative business for many years on the above premises, and as the same are in full working order, a capital opportunity is now afforded to any gentleman desirous of embarking in the pottery trade’ (Bristol Mercury).

ELLIS George

Born c1847 in The Dings, St Philip’s parish (61C).

1861 6 Little Ann Street, St Philip’s parish (14), the son of Elizabeth, widow and charwoman (61C).
1871 2 Kings Head Court, Christchurch parish (24) (71C).
1881 Labourer, 13 Church Street, Temple parish (36), living with his widowed mother Elizabeth (68), a charwoman (81C).


Born c1851 in Rumney, Monmouthshire, the son of John Ellis II and the brother of Arthur Ellis (71C).

1867 14 Sep & 21 Sep. Henry Ellis, who was employed as a clerk at the Victoria Pottery Company which was managed by his father, John Ellis, was charged (with others) with obtaining money by threats from Charles Joseph Whittuck, one of the directors of the pottery.  Three letters were sent to Whittuck asking for money in exchange for not disclosing ‘a secret’ which the prisoners claimed to have in their possession.  During a subsequent court appearance it was stated that the case against Ellis involved too serious consequences to allow of his being admitted to bail. He had committed an offence for which he was liable to penal servitude for the remainder of his life (Bristol Mercury).
1868 4 Apr. Henry Ellis was brought before the Spring Assize in Bristol.  Several witnesses gave Ellis a good character and when he was called, he said that he had no intention of extorting money from Mr Whittuck. ‘He thought only to have a spree with him and was not aware that he was committing a criminal act’. The judge took into account that he had been in prison for six months awaiting trial, and sentenced him to a further period of four months in custody (Bristol Mercury).
1871 Commercial traveller in the earthenware business, Crown Pottery, Clouds Hill, St George (20), living with his wife Eliza (24) born in Wrington, Somerset (71C).
1881 Clerk, earthenware manufacturer, Stratford House, St George (30), living with his wife Eliza (32) (81C).
1891 Earthenware merchant, 3 Woodstock Road, Poplar, London (40), living with his wife Eliza (40) (91C).


1847 29 May.  Noted as a potter when his son John Ellis II widower and glass and china manufacturer of Temple parish married Ruth Turner (RPR).


See the Potteries List section for the St Thomas Street Pottery 3, the Redcross Street Pottery, the Bristol Victoria Pottery Company Limited and the Crown Pottery.

St Thomas Street Pottery 3

c1847-49 John Ellis II built and then sold the St Thomas Pottery 3.  He was trading as John Eillis & Co.

John Ellis sold the Pottery, which seems to have closed, and he became an earthenware dealer in Liverpool, returning to Bristol by 1853 to acquire the Redcross Street Pottery.

Redcross Street Pottery

The Pottery had previously been run by William White.  It was advertised for sale in 1851 when White emigrated to America.  It was described as ‘void’ in 1852 but by 1853 it had been acquired by John Ellis II.

1853-65 John Ellis II ran the Redcross Street Pottery.

In 1856 there is a reference to a firm known as Ellis, Hawley & Co. working in Redcross Street.  This indicates a partnership, though perhaps a brief one, between John Ellis II and James George Hawley in the Redcross Street Pottery.

It is possible that John Ellis II was in partnership with Joseph Ellis, the latter apparently having paid rates on the Pottery between 1853 and 1863.  However, as Joseph Ellis probably died in 1854 it is most likely that ‘Joseph’ may have been a mistake for ‘John’ in the Rate Books.

The Redcross Street Pottery was advertised for sale in 1863 but was then operated briefly in 1865 by the Bristol Victoria Pottery Company, the business being fully transferred to their new premises on St Philip’s Marsh by the end of 1866.  When Ellis left the Bristol Victoria Pottery Company in 1869 he may have resurrected the Redcross Street Pottery as it still seems to have been operating when the Crown Pottery opened in December 1870 (Western Daily Press; Bristol Times & Mirror).  It then closed and was finally advertised for sale in 1871 (Bristol Mercury).

Bristol Victoria Pottery Company Limited

1864-c69 John Ellis II was the Managing Director of the Bristol Victoria Pottery Company Limited.

In 1869 Ellis was described as the late managing director of the Pottery and he went on to establish the Crown Pottery Company by December 1870.  The Bristol Victoria Pottery Company continued in production until it went into liquidation and was sold in 1872.  It was purchased by Pountney’s who were operating there by 1873.

Crown Pottery

The Pottery opened in December 1870 (Bristol Times and Mirror).

1870-85 John Ellis II ran the Crown Pottery.

John Ellis II died in 1885 and his son, Arthur, ran it briefly until his death in 1886, when it was acquired by Thomas Bertram Johnston.


Born c1813 in Hanley, Staffordshire, the father of Arthur and Henry Ellis and possibly the brother of Joseph Ellis (61C).

1813 15 Aug. Probably the John Ellis (born 10 May 1811) baptised at the Methodist New Connexion Bethesda Chapel, Albion Street, Stoke, the son of James and Constance Ellis (Ancestry website).
1841 Pottery presser, Pall Mall, Shelton, Staffordshire (25), living with his wife Elizabeth (25) and children John (4) and Edward (2), all born in Staffordshire (41C).
1847 29 May. Glass and china manufacturer, Temple parish, widower, the son of John Ellis I, he married Ruth Turner a minor, of St Mary Redcliffe parish, the daughter of Joseph Turner, potter (RPR).
1848 John Ellis & Co., stone and red ware potters, 57 Thomas Street (Hunt’s D).
1849 John Ellis & Co., earthenware manufacturers, 57 Thomas Street (MD).
1849 16 Jun. ‘To Earthenware Manufacturers.  To be disposed of, that newly erected Earthenware Manufactory situated at 57 Thomas Street, in the city of Bristol, with immediate possession.  The moulds, kilns and working utensils may be purchased for about one third of their original value.  This is an opportunity that seldom occurs here.  Bristol for potting stands unequalled, being the nearest port for clays, flints and stone.  A saving of 10 to 15 per cent on common goods can be effected, having no carriage on the goods to the western parts of England.  A good wholesale Glass and China Trade is done on the premises. For further particulars, apply to the proprietor, John Ellis.  Or, a respectable partner would not be objected to, who could command from £800 to £900.  One who understands the trade would be preferred.  N.B. There is also a respectable dwelling-house attached to the premises’ (Staffordshire Advertiser, information from Rodney Hampson).
1851 Earthenware dealer, 17 Cleveland Square, Liverpool (37), living with his wife Ruth (25), born in Brierley Hill, Staffordshire, and children John (16), Elizabeth (2), born in Bristol and Henry (4 mths), born in Rumney, Monmouthshire, and Ann MacTere (17), a house servant (51C).
1853-56 John Ellis, Egyptian black and Rockingham tea pot, stone jug and ware manufacturers, Rich’s Buildings (MD).
1856 Ellis, Hawley & Co., Redcross Street (MD).
1857 31 Jan. ‘The best and cheapest house in Bristol for china, glass and earthenware, is Ellis & Company’s, manufacturers of stone and earthen ware, Redcross Street Pottery. Wholesale and retail dealers in British and Foreign china and glass. Export orders promptly attended to. Offices and warerooms, 14 Bath Street’ (Bristol Mercury).
1857 24 Oct. ‘Married Oct 20 by special licence at Kingswood church, John eldest son of Mr John Ellis, Bath Street and Redcross Street Pottery, to Emma Russell, eldest daughter of Mr John Prewett of Kingswood’ (Bristol Mercury).
1860 6 Oct. ‘Died September 27 at 2 Brunswick Square … Mr William Ellis, of the firm of J. and W. Ellis, stay manufacturers, and son of Mr Ellis, earthenware manufacturer, Redcross Street Pottery’ (Bristol Times & Mirror).
1861 Earthenware manufacturer employing 33 hands, 2 Brunswick Square, St Paul’s parish (48), living with his wife Ruth (35), and children including Emily (13), Elizabeth (12), Henry (11), Sarah (8), Solomon (6), Arthur (3) and Eliza (1), all born in Bristol (61C).
1861 John Ellis, Redcross Street Potteries, Redcross Street, earthenware manufacturers (KD).
1862 2 Dec. John Ellis of the Redcross Street Pottery donated 180 mugs and 144 tea pots to the Bristol Cotton Workers Distress Fund (Western Daily Press).
1863 J. Ellis, Redcross Street, earthenware manufacturers (KD).
1863 17 Jul. ‘To potters. To be disposed of, with immediate possession, in full work, Redcross Street Pottery … Principals only treated with. Capital required, about £1,500 to £2,000. Satisfactory reasons will be given for the present occupier wishing to decline the business’ (Western Daily Press).
1864-65 John Ellis, Rich’s Building, House and Pottery £30 (Consolidated Rates).
c1864 Prospectus for the sale of share capital in the Bristol Victoria Pottery Co. Ltd. Capital £20,000; £20 shares.
Directors: George Cole, King Square, Bristol, merchant; Alexander M. Cowan, Westbourne Place, Clifton, gentleman; Edward Halsall, Kingsdown, gentleman; Abraham Levy, Temple Street, merchant; Richard Charles Ring (Messrs R.C. Ring & Co.), merchant; James Smith (James Smith & Sons), Castle Green, merchant; John Ellis, Managing Director (proprietor of the Redcross Street Pottery).
This company has been formed for the purpose of purchasing of Mr John Ellis, the new erections, buildings and works now nearly completed, in St Philips Marsh, Bristol, called the ‘Victoria Pottery’ and of carrying on there the business of a Pottery in all its branches.  These works, which are freehold and unencumbered, are very extensive, and have been, in the opinion of good authorities, well planned and laid out for the development and carrying on of a large business; they are situated a short distance from the Great Western, Midland and Bristol and Exeter Railway Stations; they have good water accommodation, and immediately adjoining the intended line of the North Somerset Railway. The purchase of these works has been secured upon very advantageous terms, the vendor taking the whole of the purchase money in shares in the company, agreeing at the same time to transfer to the company, without any extra payment, the goodwill of the prosperous business for many years carried on by him in Redcross Street; to become the company’s Managing Director at the Victoria Works, and devote to the company’s interest his whole time and attention.
The situation of Bristol, with its excellent water and railway accommodation, is particularly conducive to the success of a company such as the one proposed. The Dorset, Devon and Cornwall clays are transmitted to Bristol at rates of carriage, showing a saving to the manufacturers of about 10 shillings per ton, or over 60 per cent, as against the potteries in Staffordshire, while a further saving is effected of fully 20 shillings per ton upon the carriage of manufactured earthenware and pottery supplied from Bristol.  These important advantages, added to the cheapness of the coal at Bristol, and the success which has attended the potteries in the neighbourhood in the hands of private individuals, and particularly the very favourable returns obtained by Mr Ellis, at his pottery in Redcross Street, justify the Directors in recommending the ‘Bristol Victoria Pottery Comp. Limited’ to the public, as a safe and highly remunerative investment for their money (BRO 20165/4).
1865 John Ellis, Victoria Pottery Company, St Philip’s Marsh (MD).
1866 7 Feb. ‘For sale, at the Bristol Victoria Pottery Company (Limited), Redcross Street, a high pressure steam engine, of about 20 horse power, lately purchased at the sale of Messrs Chick and Avin’s effects. For price and every other particular apply to the managing director, Mr John Ellis, on the premises’ (Bristol Mercury).
1866 2 May. ‘Redcross Street Pottery. For sale, the above freehold property, well adapted for a stone ware pottery or any other business requiring room, well supplied with water, and adjoining the River Froom’ (Western Daily Press).
1866-69 John Ellis, Bristol Victoria Pottery Company Ltd., St Philip’s Marsh (MD).
1866 Ellis & Co. Ltd., Victoria Pottery (KD).
1867 Ellis & Co. Ltd., Victoria Pottery (Morris D).
1867 6 Jul. ‘To be let, Redcross Street Pottery. Rent £60; or sold £1000. Apply to Ellis & Co., Old Market Street’ (Western Daily Press).
1868-69 John Ellis, Conham Hall (residence) (MD).
1869 28 Aug. It was announced that John Ellis had severed his connection with the Bristol Victoria Pottery Company due to differences between him and his co-directors (Bristol Mercury).
1870 8 Jan. Ellis v. Victoria Pottery Company. John Ellis was a large shareholder in the Victoria Pottery Company and he was also the managing director. It appeared that in the year 1866 Mr Ellis was summoned on behalf of the company by Mr Earnshaw, the sub-inspector of factories, for a breach of certain regulations under the Factory Act. There were in all five summonses against him, and he was convicted on behalf of the company in four instances, the penalties in each case being £2.  The costs were £2.4s.6d, and in all the plaintiff had to pay £10.4s.6d, and he now brought this action against the company to recover the amount of the fines he paid on that occasion.  It was argued that the money had been paid for a criminal offence under the Factory Act, and there could be no ‘contribution’ amongst wrongdoers; there must be nonsuit in this case.  In reply Ellis said that he paid the fines on behalf of the company out of his own pocket … and so he  had acted as servant of the company.  The Recorder said that plaintiff paid the money on behalf of the others, he himself being equally liable, but he did not pay it as their servant.  The plaintiff’s case was dismissed (Bristol Mercury).
1870 7 Dec. ‘Opening of the Crown Pottery at St George’s. Mr John Ellis, formerly the enterprising managing director of the Victoria Pottery, St Philip’s, has just completed a new and very extensive establishment at St George’s and the inaugural dinner was held yesterday evening.  The meal was served in the spacious sale and sorting rooms … and upwards of 120 employees and friends of the proprietor were present … Mr David Johnson then presented to Mr Ellis, on behalf of the employees at the Redcross Street works and the new pottery, a very handsome timepiece’ (Bristol Times & Mirror).
1871 29 Apr. ‘To builders, manufacturers & others, about 8500 superficial feet of freehold land, Redcross Street … for sale by auction, the 8 day of May 1871. The following very valuable freehold property: All that messuage or dwelling-house, office, warehouses, kilns, furnaces, and other erections and buildings, and the two large cellars under part thereof, situate in Asher Lane, Redcross Street and until recently used as a Pottery, and known as the Redcross Street Pottery.  The Pottery contains in length, from Asher Lane to the River Froom, by which it is bounded to the northwest side, 170 feet or thereabouts, and has an average width throughout of 50 feet or thereabouts. The arching of the River Froom will give it a double frontage.  It forms a most eligible site for building either a manufactory, warehouse, or cottages, which latter are in great request in the neighbourhood, and always let well.  The bricks and stones at present in the kilns and other buildings are, it is considered, sufficient for the rough stone and brick work for the number of cottages which could be erected on the ground’ (Bristol Mercury).
1871 3 Jun. ‘Large and commodious premises, well adapted for large purposes, where room and rooms are required, either for manufacturing purposes or warehousing. The premises are about 170 feet by 50, five cellars, the whole to be let or sold. Apply to Jno Ellis, on the premises, lately used as a pottery, known as the Redcross Street Pottery, Asher Lane, Redcross Street’ (Bristol Mercury).
1871 Earthenware manufacturer, widower, Crown Pottery, Clouds Hill (57), living with his sister, Eliza (45), house keeper, born in Hanley, and children including Annie (8), born in Bristol (71C).
1871 John Ellis, potter, Old Workhouse, Bath Road (upper), St George (MD).
1872 Ellis, Crown Pottery, St George – earthenware manufacturer (Morris D).
1872 17 Feb. Bankruptcy. Liquidation. John Ellis, earthenware manufacturer, Crown Pottery (Western Daily Press).
1873 25 Jan. John Smith, charged with stealing a quantity of oats, valued 6d, from the Crown Pottery, St George’s, the property of John Ellis, was sentenced to two months hard labour (Bristol Mercury).
1873 8 Dec. ‘Died December 5, at the Crown Pottery, St George’s, Elizabeth Ellis, aged 24’ (Western Daily Press).
1877 19 Jan. In the Alliance from Jersey, 15 tons china stone, for the Crown Pottery (Western Daily Press).
1878 28 Dec. ‘Last night Mr John Ellis, proprietor of the extensive works known as the Crown Pottery, St George’s, entertained at dinner a number of his friends, the members of the choir of St George’s church, and the whole of his employees. The repast was of a substantial character, and was laid out in the biscuit warehouse, which was prettily decorated with evergreens and festoons of coloured paper … Over 100 sat down to a well-spread board and amongst those were Messrs J. Ellis, H. Ellis, Arthur Ellis, Soloman Ellis …’ (Bristol Mercury).
1879 28 Nov. In the Islander from Jersey, 24 tons of china stone for the Crown Pottery (Western Daily Press).
1880 Ellis, Crown Pottery, St George (Slater’s D).
1881 Master potter, employing 19 men and boys, Plummers Hill, St George (67), living with his wife Elizabeth (27), born in St George, and children including Walter (6), born in Bristol, and Louise Fry (29), a domestic servant (81C).
1881 20 Oct. ‘Rare opportunity to purchase building materials at the Old Pottery, Redcross Street, now pulling down, viz: 600 yards capital paving, 200,000 capital bricks, 25,000 pantiles, doors, sashes, coping, capital joist and quarter, which can be had at nominal prices, to clear quick for street improvements’ (Bristol Mercury).
1884 4 Dec. An accident was reported at Messrs Ellis’s Pottery Works, St George, involving a mason who fell from a plank (Bristol Mercury).
1885 6 Mar. He died, an earthenware manufacturer living at Hudds Bottom, St George.  His will was proved on 12 Aug 1885 and he left a personal estate of £563.4s.6d (Ancestry website).
1886 29 May. ‘Re John Ellis, late of the Crown Potteries, St George’s, deceased. All persons having any claims against this estate are requested to forthwith send particulars of such claims to the undersigned, J.E. Parsons, goldsmith, 16 Old Market Street (executor)’ (Western Daily Press).


ELLIS Joseph

Born c1811 in Staffordshire, and possibly the brother of John Ellis II (51C).

1834 4 May. Temple parish (PPR).
1841 Potter, Glass House Court, Temple parish (30), living with his wife Elizabeth (25) and children (41C).
1851 China dealer, 4 Church Street, Temple parish (40), living with his wife Elizabeth (35), born in Bristol (51C).
1853-63 House & Pottery, Rich’s Buildings, St Philip’s parish (owner Richard Cross) (Consolidated Rates).
1854 Possibly the Joseph Ellis who died in Bristol (Ancestry website).
1858 22 Nov. Noted as a potter when his son Henry (28) of Lamb Street, a mariner, married Mary Ann Jones (PPR).
Rate Books:
25 Mar 1850-25 Mar 1851
Redcross Street, Joseph Ellis, House £12 (owner Ash)
25 Mar 1853-25 Mar 1863
Rich’s Buildings, Joseph Ellis, House and Pottery £30 (owner Rd. Cross)
(Consolidated Rates)
James, born c1827, not in county (41C), Henry, bapt 4 May 1834 (PPR)


ELLIS William Henry I

Born c1816 in Hanley, Staffordshire, the father of William Henry Ellis II (51C, 61C).

1851 Potter, 30 King Street, Woolstanton, Staffordshire (35), living with his wife Emma (33) and children Frederick (9), born in Hanley, Louisa (4), born in Tunstall, and Selina (1), born in Tunstall (51C).
1861 Earthenware manufacturer, 18 Market Street, Hanley (45), living with his wife Emma (45), born in Hanley, and children including William Henry (7), born in Hanley (61C).
1871 Rich’s Buildings, St Philip’s parish (54), living with his children (71C).

ELLIS William Henry II

Born c1854 in Hanley, Staffordshire, the son of William Henry Ellis I.

1871 13 Rich’s Buildings, St Philip’s parish (17), living with his father and sibling (71C).
1878 8 Dec. 25 Park Street, Easton Road, St Philip’s parish, baptism of his daughter Margaret Louisa (born 20 Oct 1878).(PPR).
1881 Potter’s hollow ware presser, Out Lane, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire (27), living with his wife Margaret Selina (27), born in Bristol, and children, including Frederick (1) born in Bristol (81C).
1891 Potter hollow ware presser, 59 Church Street, St Chard, New Normanton, Derby (37), living with his wife Margaret (37) and children including Ernest (7) and Florence (3), both born in Derby (91C).



1838 12 Jun. He was apprenticed to J.D. Pountney, aged 14 years (Ao).


Born c1830 in Temple parish (61C).

1861 Transferer whiteware pottery, 4 Little Avon Street, Temple parish (31) living with her husband Felix Emery, mason, born in Shepton Mallet, Somerset (61C).
1871 Transferer at pottery, 7 Atlas Terrace, St Philip’s parish (37) (71C).


1892 29 Feb. ‘Felix Emery was brought up as a rogue and a vagabond, and was charged with neglecting to maintain his wife and family, who had been left chargeable to the Bristol Incorporation of the Poor. The removal officer stated that the accused had previously been convicted and sent to prison for two months for neglecting to obey a magistrate’s order to pay a weekly sum to his wife, and since his discharge from prison three months ago he had not contributed anything towards his wife and children’s maintenance, who had been in receipt of out-relief. It was stated that the defendant had employment at the Victoria Pottery. The bench said that as two months did not seem to have done the accused much good, they would send him to gaol for three months with hard labour’ (Bristol Mercury).

EMMETT [christian name unknown]

1839 11 May. A Mr Emmett was described as a foreman at William Powell’s Pottery (Bristol Times).