Bristol Potters and Potteries

Research by Reg Jackson

Bristol Potters - H

Research by Reg Jackson

HILL Hannah P.

Born c1858 in Bedminster (71C).

1871 Potter’s assistant, 6 Hellins Court, St Mary Redcliffe parish (13), living with her parents Edward and Sarah Hill, a tailor (71C).

HILL James I

He was the son of Joseph Hill, a glassmaker.  He was probably a potmaker (i.e. a crucible maker) and furnace builder for a glass works.

1768 23 Feb. He became a free potter as he was the son of Joseph Hill (F, G).
1773 10 Mar. He was described as a bricklayer and potmaker of Back Lane, behind Old Market (Ao).
1774 Potter, St Philip and Jacob parish (P).
1774 21 Feb. Bread Street, potter (PPR).
1775 Earthenware pot maker, 6 Guinea Street, St Mary Redcliffe parish (SD).
1781 & 1784 Potter, St Mary Redcliffe parish (P).
With wife Elizabeth:
Richard Skidmore, 10 Mar 1773 (A, Ao)-2 Sep 1780 (F)
James Norman (aged 6 weeks), bapt 21 Feb 1774 (PPR), Joseph, bapt 31 Mar 1775 (RPR), Susanna, bapt 29 Aug 1778 (RPR)



Born c1876 in Bristol (91C).

1891 Boarding at 29 Aberdeen Street, St Philip’s parish (15) (91C).


Born c1813 in Bristol, the wife of William Hill I and mother of Jane Hill II (51C, 61C).

1851 Potteress, 6 Avon Place, Temple parish (37), living with her daughter Jane II (13) a potteress.  Her husband William was absent at the time of the census (51C).


Born 1837 in Bristol, the daughter of William I and Jane II Hill (PPR, 51C).  Wife of Edward Denman (PPR).

1837 5 Nov. Aged 3 weeks she was baptised (PPR).
1851 Potteress, 6 Avon Place, Temple parish (13), living with her mother Jane I (37) a potteress.  Her father was absent at the time of the census (51C).
1854 24 Dec. Tower Hill (no occupation given) she married Edward Denman (20) a potter of Queen Street, the son of William Denman, a baker (PPR).



Born c1836 in Longton, Staffordshire, the husband of Hannah Hill (71C).

1861 Potter turner, 7 Railway Terrace, Caverswall, Staffordshire (23), living with his parents John, a potter turner, Mary and siblings (61C).
1871 50 Victoria Terrace, St Philip’s parish (35), living with his wife Hannah (29), potter, born in Longton (71C).

HILL John E.

Born c1836 in Bridgwater, Somerset (81C).

1871 Journeyman baker, Temple Street, Temple parish (37), living with his wife Elizabeth (30), born in Shepton Mallet, Somerset, and children (71C).
1881 Labourer in pottery, 2 Penny’s Court, Great Avon Street, Temple parish (45), living with his wife Elizabeth A. (38) born in Shepton Mallet, Somerset and children (81C).
John, born c1859 in Bridgwater (71C), Ellen, born c1869 in Bristol (71C), Willia, born c1871 in Bristol (81C), Ruth, born c1874 in Bristol (81C), Rose, born c1878 in Bristol (81C), Alfred, born c1880 in Bristol (81C)


HILL Joseph

See the Potteries List section for the St Philip’s Pottery 2

It is possible that he took over the Pottery previously operated by Edward Rumley.

c1770-72 Joseph Hill ran the St Philip’s Pottery 2.

He was probably succeeded at this Pottery by Henderson, Rice and Keene.


1770 14 Apr. ‘Joseph Hill takes this method of acquainting his Friends and the Public that at his pottery in St Phillip’s, Bristol, is made every Sort of Sugar Moulds and Garden Pots, where merchants and others may be supplie’d on the shortest Notice and reasonable terms.  He likewise makes All Sorts of Chimney Moulds for ornament and preventing Smoky Chimneys’ (FFJ).
1771 29 Aug. ‘Bristol, August 1771. Joseph Hill takes this method to acquaint the Public in general and Noblemen and Gentlemen who inhabit this and the neighbouring Counties in particular, That at his Pottery in St Philip’s, are made his New-invented Moulds for the preventing of Smoaky Chimnies, which very seldom fail, as Numbers in and about this City can testify.  Nor is that their only use, for they entirely prevent Rain, Hail or Snow from falling down the Chimney. He therefore apprehends no one would chuse to be without them, (even if their Chimnies do not smoke) to prevent so great an Inconvenience. They are three feet high and made to fit any chimney, of very little Weight, and will resist the most violent Gust of Wind. – Plain sold at 4s Pined 7s.6d and Cannister and Hooded at 12s a-Piece.  Any Person may have them at the shortest Notice, by sending the Size of the Chimney’ (Bath Chronicle – information from Marek Lewcun).
1772 31 Dec. An indenture concerning land in St Philip’s known as Day’s Ground and adjoining plot refers to ‘… the Boundary wall of a pothouse of the said Joseph Hill …’ (BRO 19835 10(e)).
1774 The premises were described as ‘a pottery and building for the purpose of making and manufacturing sugar moulds and pots and other articles with a burning kiln and sheds’ (BRO 28777/G/Py/11a).
1775 21 Nov. Sale of the estate of Joseph Hill, a bankrupt.  The Bankruptcy Commission of 21 April 1774 was awarded against Joseph Hill, late of the parish of St Philip and Jacob, a founder, brickmaker, dealer and chapman (BRO 19835 10(f)).



Born c1874 in Bristol, the sister of Ellen Hill (91C).

1891 Pottery hand, 6 Plough Court, St Thomas’s parish (17) (91C).

HILL Moses

1775 China maker, 4 Unity Street (SD).

HILL William I

Born c1811 in Bristol, the husband of Jane Hill I and father of Jane Hill II (51C, 61C).

1828 16 Jan. He was apprenticed to J.D. Pountney, aged 14 years (Ao).
1833-40 Temple parish (PPR, TPR).
1837 Church Street, Temple parish (P).
1841 Church Street, Temple parish (P).
1841 Church Street, temple parish (25), living with his wife Jane (25) born in Bristol and children (41C).
1851 He was missing from the census although his wife Jane (37), a potteress, and daughter Jane (13), also a potteress were recorded at 6 Avon Place, Temple parish (51C).
1854 24 Dec. Noted as a potter when his daughter Jane Hill (20) of Tower Hill married Edward Denman (20) potter of Queen Street (PPR).
1861 Earthenware potter, 15 Trinity Street, St Philip’s parish (50), living with his wife Jane (48) (61C).
1871 5 Crown Terrace, St Mary Redcliffe parish (59) living with his wife Jane (57) (71C).
1881 Labourer, 7 Cart Lane, Temple parish (69), living with his wife Jane (67) (81C).
Jane, bapt 3 Mar 1833 (PPR), Jane (aged 3 wks), bapt 5 Nov 1837 (PPR), Sarah, bapt 13 Dec 1840 (TPR)


HILL William II

Born c1816 in Staffordshire (61C).

1861 7 Harris’s Yard, Temple parish (45), widower, lodging with William and Sarah Prince (61C).


Born c1877 in Bristol (91C).

1891 3 Francis Place, Bedminster (14) (91C).

HILLS Selina

Born c1863 in Yeovil, Somerset (81C).

1881 1 Philip Street, St Philip’s parish (18), the wife of Robert, iron rolling mills (81C).


Born c1811 in Bristol (51C).

1851 Millman at pottery, 3 Bear Lane, Temple parish (40), living with his wife Ann (52), born in Bristol, and children (51C).
Eliza, born c1831 in Bristol (51C), William, born c1844 in Bristol (51C)


Born c1851 in St Philip’s parish (71C).

1871 Work at pottery, lodging at 1 Cooperidge Cottage, St Philip’s parish (20) (71C).


The son of Thomas Hincks of Shrewsbury, Shropshire, gentleman (A).

1713 27 Oct. He was apprenticed to James and Mary Ward.  Friends to find apparel (A, Ao, Ar).

HIPKINS Florence Ada

Born c1878 in Sedgley, Staffordshire (01C).

1901 Manageress art pottery, 29 East Street, Bedminster (23) (01C).
1911 Shop assistant, china trade, Norfolk Place, Bedminster (33), living with her sisters (11C).

HIX Nathaniel

1668 He was described as an employee of Alice Huntington in her will (PRO Prob. 11/328).

HIX Philip

1668 He was described as the apprentice of Alice Huntington in her will (PRO Prob. 11/328).