Bristol Potters and Potteries

Research by Reg Jackson

Bristol Potters – H

Research by Reg Jackson

HOBBS Henry

See the Potteries List section for the Limekiln Lane Pottery 1.

c1706-23 Henry Hobbs established the Limekiln Lane Pottery 1 in about 1706 and it operated under his ownership until early 1723, when it became vacant.

He was succeeded at the Pottery by William Pottery and John Weaver.

1667 16 Jan. Possibly the Henry Hobbs baptised at Christ church, the son of Henry and Mary Hobbs (Ancestry website).
1692 14 Nov. Possibly the Henry Hobbs of Bristol, carpenter, who married Hannah Hibbs the daughter of William Hibbs of ‘Aleburton’ [Aylburton], Gloucestershire (PRO RG 6/Piece 1417, Quaker Records, Monthly Meeting of Bristol: Marriages 1659-1755).
1693 13 Feb. ‘Whereas there is lately fallen in hands to the Mayor Burgesses and Coialty Two Gardens wall’d in with a wash-house summerhouse and apptennces thereto belonging lying under Brandon hill over against the West Hayes which were lately held by lease dated 19th Aprill 30th King Charles the 2nd 1679 granted to Nicholas Shute which were lately in the holding of Sarah Dean widow.  It is now agreed with Henry Hobbs Carpenter that in consideration of Fifty pounds fine to be payd 24th March next and for money to be layd in building as hereafter Expressed.  There shall be on that day granted to the said Hobbs or whom ever he shall appoint a New lease of these two Gardens with all their app’tences to hold for 99 years of those lives that day to be named or any of them live So long under the rent of Tenn shillings payable by quarterly – And a covenant and promise within Twelve months to lay out one hundred pounds in new building on the premises and usuall covenntes And an agreemt that if anyone of the lives dyes within three yeares then to fill upp the Lease without any fine He is to enter as soon as he pleases and to have liberty to dig stones on Brandon hill under the same such places as the surveyors shall appoint.Lease sealed 25th March 1693, the lives being the said Henry Hobbs Hannah his wife and William son of Richard Hobbs baker’ (BB).
1693 3 Jul. ‘Henry Hobbs carpenter agt Margarett Harris singlewoman, Cock Lane End and Same agt James Smithy, taylor, Temple Street’ (C).
1696 He was living in St Michael’s parish with his wife, Hannah (Ralph & Williams 1968, 126).
c1700 ‘Brandon Hill foot. Henry Hobbs a garden in possession of Wid. Hurtnold. Lease dated 24 March 1693 granted to sd. Hobbs for lives of himself, Anna His wife and Wm. Hobbs’ (BRO 04238).
1706-12 He was recorded as a potmaker (A, Ao, Ar).
1707 11 Mar. A lease to Whitchurch Phippen of ground adjoining Brandon Hill ‘with a wall adjoining to a Garden belonging to a New erected Pothouse there on the west part thereof …’ (BB).
1707-15 He was exporting earthenware to Cork, Jamaica, Antigua and Barbados (PB-EXP). (Note: not all Port Books have been studied).
1715-18 He stood surety of £5 for Edward Edwards to keep an alehouse in St Michaels’ parish (AKL).
1716 2 Feb. He was described as a gallypotmaker (A, Ao, Ar).
1725 22 Oct. He was described as deceased when Thomas Cantle I became free (F, G).
Apprentices:
With his co-partner:
Daniel Annis, 27 Nov 1706 (A, Ar)
Henry Chapman, 18 Jan 1707 (A)
Philip Stockman, 28 May 1708 (Ar)-6 Jul 1721 (F).Alone:
John Watts II, 14 May 1709 (Ao)

With wife Hannah:
Jonathan Hibbs, 24 Oct 1710 (A, Ao, Ar)
Thomas Cantle I, 9 Feb 1712 (A, Ao, Ar)-22 Oct 1725 (F, G)
John Dickason, 26 Aug 1715 (A)
Aaron Johnson, 2 Feb 1716 (A, Ao, Ar)-3 Aug 1727 (F, G)

Rate and tax book entries:
[1698/9 ‘Henry Hobbs for ground part of Brandon Hill next ye lane against the Glasshouse late Shutes at 6s rent raised by lease dated March 1692’ (G)
[1699/1700-1722/3 ‘Henry Hobbs a tene. and garden 10s’ (G)
1698] ‘Hannah Hobbs summerhouse and garden’ (St Augustine-PR)
[1699-1703/4 ‘Mr Hobbs for house and garden Limekill Lane’ (St Augustine-PR)
1707-1721 ‘Potwork and dwelling house’ Well Street/Cow Lane (St Augustine-PR)
1700-1705] ‘Henry Hobbs house and garden’ (St Augustine-L)
[1706] ‘Mr Hobbs house and Pottworke’ (St Augustine-L)
[1707-1722] ‘Potworke and dwelling house Lime Kill Lane’ (St Augustine-L)
[1723 First ½ year ‘Pottworke and dwelling house, void last ½ year’ Lime Kiln Lane (St Augustine-L)
1707 ‘Hobbs for ye Potthouse and all’ (St Augustine-LS)
1716 ‘Pottwork Cow Lane’ (St Augustine-LS)
1718 ‘Pottworke and dwelling house Cow Lane’ (St Augustine-LS)Hobbs had other properties on Brandon Hill:
1710 ‘Henry Hobbs new house’ (St Augustine-L)
1710-21] ‘Henry Hobbs 2 small tenements on ye hill’ (St Augustine-L)
[1721-23] ‘Henry Hobbs 2 tenements on Brandon Hill John Smith’ (St Augustine-L)

 

HOBBS Josiah

1884 16 Dec. Described as a lad who was working at Messrs Price’s Pottery in Victoria Street, when he gave evidence at an inquest into the death of Frederick Porter (Bristol Mercury).

HOCK John

The son of John Hock of Bristol, tobacconist (A).

1762 1 Mar. He was apprenticed to William Taylor.  Friends to find apparel and washing (A, Ao).

HODDER George

1839 19 May. St Mary Redcliffe parish on the baptism of his son James (aged 1 month).  Wife Elizabeth (PPR).

 

HODFORD Thomas

1754 Potter, St Stephen’s parish (P).

HODGE Henry

Born c1860 in Bristol (11C).

1911 Labourer at pottery, 10 Rock Cottages, West Street, Bedminster (51), living with his wife Ada (42) and children Thomas (12) and William (15), all born in Bristol (11C).

HODGES Henry

Born c1840 in Temple parish (81C).

1881 Labourer, 2 Orchard Square, St Mary Redcliffe parish (41), living with his wife Elizabeth (39), born in St Mary Redcliffe parish, and children Annie (14), Eliza (12), both born in Temple parish, Ada (10), Florence (8), Emma (3) and Alice (1), all born in St Mary Redcliffe parish (81C).
1891 Potter’s labourer, 8 Jones Court, Temple parish (49), living with his wife Elizabeth (47) and children including Sarah (7) and Elizabeth (5), both born in St Mary Redcliffe parish (91C).

HODGES William

Born c1836 in St Thomas’s parish (51C).

1851 2 Rose Alley, Temple parish (15), living with his parents Thomas and Ann Hodges, born in St Mary Redcliffe parish, basket maker (51C).

HODGES Winnie

Born c1893 in Fishponds (11C).

1911 Pottery packer, 135 Causeway, Fishponds (18) (11C).

HODGKINSON Leonard William

Born c1893 in Shelton, Staffordshire (11C).

1911 Potter’s foreman assistant, 12 Park Place, Upper Eastville (18) (11C).

HODGSON George

Born c1841 in Bristol, the son of John Hodgson I, and brother of John II, Joseph and William (61C).

1861 8 Commercial Road (Rising Sun), Temple Backs, Temple parish (20), living with his parents John I and Ann Hodgson (61C).

 

HODGSON John I

Born c1798 in Bristol, the father of George, John II, Joseph and William (41C, 51C, 61C).

1825 27 Nov. Married (FM, 30 Jul 1864).
1826 12 Jun. Became a free burgaess (FM).
1827-36 St James’s parish (JaPR).
1830 West Street, St James’s parish (P).
1832 West Street, St James’s parish (P).
1832 West Street, St James’s parish (List of Electors BRO 04736).
1835 Temple Backs, Temple parish (P).
1837 Temple Backs, Temple parish (P).
1839 10 Feb. Temple parish (JaPR).
1841 Temple Backs, Temple parish (43), living with his wife Ann (37) born in Bristol and children (41C).
1841 Temple Backs, Temple parish (P).
1850 4 Dec. Noted as a potter when his son John II, potter of Thomas Street, St Thomas’s parish, married Mary Hale (ThPR).
1851 Potter pressing, 7 Commercial Road, Temple Backs, Temple parish (51), living with his wife Ann (45) and children (51C).
1853 31 May.  Noted as a potter when his son Joseph, potter of Tower Hill married Mary Ann Richards (PPR).
1856 9 Mar. Noted as a potter when his son William (26), potter of 3 West Street, married Maria Bull (JaPR).
1861 8 Commercial Road (Rising Sun), Temple Backs, Temple (65), living with his wife Ann (56) and children (61C).
Children:
William, bapt 11 Feb 1827 (JaPR), John, bapt 2 Aug 1829 (JaPR), Ann, born 1830 in Bristol (41C), Joseph, born c1831 in Bristol (41C), Eliza, bapt 25 Aug 1833 (JaPR), James, bapt 10 Apr 1836 (JaPR), Louisa, bapt 10 Feb 1839 (JaPR), George, born c1841 in Bristol (61C)

 

HODGSON John II

Born in 1829 in St James’s parish, the son of John Hodgson I and brother of George, Joseph and William Hodgson (JaPR, 41C, 51C, 61C).

1829 2 Aug. Baptised the son of John I and Ann Hodgson (JaPR).
1844 12 Mar. He was apprenticed to J.D. Pountney, aged 15 years, to learn the art of plate maker (Ao).
1850 4 Dec. Thomas Street, St Thomas parish, the son of John Hodgson I, potter, he married Mary Hale of Thomas Street, the daughter of Thomas Hale, a smith (ThPR).
1852-62 Temple parish (TPR).
1861 Whiteware potter, 10 Poole Court (Castle of Comfort), Temple parish (32), living with his wife Mary (29) born in Blakeney, Gloucestershire and children (61C).
1864 30 Jul.  John Hodgson the younger, potter, son of John Hodgson potter a free burgess.  Father’s copy dated 12 June 1826.  Cert. of marriage 27 November 1825.  Baptism 2 August 1829 produced and birth proved (FM).
1871 Journeyman potter, 30 St Stephen’s Crescent, Bedminster (44), living with his wife Mary (41) and children (71C).
1876 13 Nov. Noted as a potter when his daughter Louisa (23) of St Philip’s parish married Thomas Blackmore (PPR).
1881 9 Garibaldi Buildings, Bedminster (54), living with his wife Mary (50) and children Thomas (25) and Mary Ann (21) (81C).
1891 Potter, ‘Pontry [Pountney] & Co’, 17 School Road, Bedminster (62), living with his wife Mary (54) and daughter Mary Ann (25) (91C).
Children:
Louisa, bapt 19 Dec 1852 (TPR), Thomas, bapt 6 May 1855 (TPR), Mary, bapt 13 Dec 1857 (TPR), Mary Ann, born c1860 in Bristol (71C), Elizabeth, bapt 28 Dec 1862 (TPR)

 

HODGSON Joseph

Born in c1831, the son of John Hodgson I and brother of George, John II and William (41C, 51C, 61C).

1851 Potter pressing, 7 Commercial Road, Temple Backs, Temple parish (21), living with his parents John I and Ann Hodgson and siblings (51C).
1853 31 May. Tower Hill (22), the son of John Hodgson II, potter, he married Mary Ann Richmond (24) of Tower Hill, the daughter of Langston Richmond, porter (PPR).
1856 20 Apr. Temple parish on the baptism of his son Edwin John.  Wife Mary Ann (TPR).

HODGSON Mary Ann

Born c1855 in Bristol (71C).

1871 Cutting at pottery, 1 Penny Court, Temple parish (16), living with her mother Mary A., a tailoress (71C).

HODGSON William

Born in 1827 in St James’s parish, the son of John Hodgson I and the brother of George, Joseph and  John Hodgson II (41C, 51C, 61C).

1827 11 Feb.  Baptised (JaPR).
1851 Potter pressing, 7 Commercial Road, Temple Backs, Temple parish (25), living with his parents John I and Ann Hodgson and siblings (51C).
1856 9 Mar. 3 West Street (26), the son of John Hodgson I, potter, he married Maria Bull (23) dressmaker of 3 West Street, the daughter of Thomas Bull, mariner (JaPR).
1861 7 Temple Street, Temple parish (33), living with his wife Maria (27) born in Taunton, Somerset, and child Maria (4) born in Bristol (61C).
1864 30 Jul. William Hodgson potter son of John Hodgson potter a free burgess.  Father’s copy dated 12 June 1826. Cert. of marriage 27 November 1825.  Baptism 11 Feb 1827 produced and birth proved (FM).
1871 Bird ‘farmer’?, 7 Temple Street, Temple parish (44), living with his wife Maria (37), born in Pill, Somerset, and children (71C).
1881 Bird dealer, 7 Temple Street, temple parish (54), living with his wife Maria (47) and children (81C).
1891 Potter, 3 Orange Street, St Paul’s parish (62), living with his wife Maria (58) and children (91C).
1895 2 Jun. Noted as a potter when his son Henry (27) a tailor of Cheese Lane, St Philip’s parish married Emily Francis Turner (PPR).
1901 No occupation, 38 Conduit Place, St Werbugh’s parish (73), living with his wife Maria (68) and daughter Kate (29) (01C).
1905 He died in Bristol, aged 77 (Ancestry website).
Children:
All born in Bristol: Maria, born c1857 (61C), Elizabeth, born c1863 (71C), William, born c1865 (71C), John, born c1866 (71C), Henry, born c1868 (71C), Frederick, born c1870 (71C), Kate, born c1873 (81C)

 

HOLBROOK Daniel

1891 15 Mar.  Noted as a potter when his daughter Mary Ann Holbrook (21) of Bread Street, St Philip’s parish married Thomas Collins (PPR).

HOLBROOK Elizabeth

Born c1842 in St Philip’s parish, the wife of Samuel Holbrook I (01C).

1901 Potter, woodbine Road, St Matthew’s, Easton (59), living with her husband and children (01C).
1911 No occupation, a widow, 46 Gloucester Road, Eastville (69), living with her daughter Prudence Poole, a potter (11C).

HOLBROOK George

1869 4 Mar. He was a lad employed at the Bristol Pottery, who was caught in the premises at night sleeping over one of the ovens (Western Daily Press).

HOLBROOK Joseph

Born c1837 in Redhill, Somerset, brother of Samuel Holbrook I (51C).

1851 Potter’s boy, 3 Long Row, St Thomas’s parish (14), living with his parents Aaron and Ann Holbrook, a shoemaker, born in Chew Stoke, Somerset (51C).