Bristol Potters and Potteries

Research by Reg Jackson

Bristol Potters - N

Research by Reg Jackson

NAISH Edward

Born c1822 (Ao).

1836 1 Jun. He was apprenticed to J.D. Pountney, aged 14 years (Ao).

NAISH George

1854 26 Aug. George Naish, potter, late apprentice of John Decimus Pountney, potter, a free burgess deceased, indenture of apprentice dated 12 March 1844 produced.  Apprentice identified by J.G. Hawley, manager to J.D. Pountney (FM).


Born c1838 in Bristol (61C).

1861 Pipe Lane Court, Temple parish (23) living with his parents Stephen and Ann Naish, labourer, born in Wiltshire (61C).

NAISH William

1811 27 Aug. He was apprenticed to Joseph and Sarah Ring (A, Ao).

NASH Edward

Born c1886 in Bristol, the brother of William Nash (01C).

1901 Potter’s labourer, 12 Chapel Court, St Silas parish (16) (01C).


Born c1884 in Bristol (01C).

1901 Warehouse hand pottery, 111 St Luke’s Road, Bedminster (17) (01C).

NASH William

Born c1844 in Bristol, the brother of Edward Nash (01C).

1901 Potter’s labourer, 12 Chapel Street, St Silas parish (17) (01C).

NEAD William

Born c1790 (BRO L3).

1809 Church Street, Temple, aged 19 years (BRO L3, Militia List).

NEALE William

Born c1858 in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire (71C).

1861 2 Weaver’s Arms Court, Temple Street (13), living with his parents Thomas and Ann Neale, a carpenter, born in Bristol (61C).
1871 2 Avon Place, Temple parish (22), living with his parents as before (71C).


The son of William Neighbours, late of Worle, Somerset, labourer (A).

1758 20 Jun. He was apprenticed to William Taylor (A, Ao).


Born c1885 in Bristol (01C).

1901 In pottery – drawing ware, 15 Weirs Buildings, Bedminster (16) (01C).


Born c1837 in Temple parish (51C).

1851 Potter’s boy, 2 Ship Court, generally called Jones’s Court, Temple parish (14), living with his parents Thomas and Ann Newbury, a carrier’s haulier, born in Taunton, Somerset (51C).


NEWSOM Alexander S.

1931 28 Nov. Of Henleaze, Bristol, he was noted as a manager of Pountney and Co. Ltd. (Western Daily Press).


See the Potteries List section for the Barton Hill Pottery and the Stapleton Road Pottery 3.

Barton Hill Pottery

The Pottery had previously been run by William Hutchings I.

c1865-88 Alfred Niblett ran the Barton Hill Pottery.

Stephen Hollister was either managing or running the Pottery from 1886 to 1888, presumably on behalf of Alfred Niblett who was declared bankrupt in 1888. The Pottery then closed.

Stapleton Road Pottery 3

Around 1865 Alfred Niblett rented the Stapleton Road Pottery 3 from Frederick Wildgoose. That venture was unsuccessful and Wildgoose seems to have taken back possession of the Pottery.


Born c1840 in Kingstanley (or Leonard Stanley), Gloucestershire (61C, 71C).

1861 Labourer at pottery, Pottery House, Phoenix Street, St Philip’s parish (21), living with his wife Hannah (35) born in Pensford, Somerset (61C).
1865 27 Oct. Tolzey Court: Wildgoose v. Niblett was to recover the sum of £29.17s.3d. ‘It appeared from the evidence of the plaintiff that he was the proprietor of a brick and tile yard St Philip’s Marsh, together with a pottery adjoining, and the defendant entered into a treaty take to them. was appointed, the brother of the plaintiff, with the consent of the defendant, and the goods taken to were valued at £44 odd. The defendant said he expected a legacy coming to his wife, and would pay the amount when he received that, but he did not receive it nor did he pay for the rent, and a distress for the latter was put in. That distress was paid out, and afterwards the defendant requested plaintiff to take the business again, promising to make up any difference that might be found between the stock then in the yard and the amount owed. That difference was found to be £18.12s in favour of the plaintiff. There were also six barrows of coal, 4s.6d, and an account for clay and an account for clay and bricks £2.0s.9d, making a total of £20.17s.3d. After several other witnesses had been called in support of the  statements [it was said] the arrangements entered into was that the defendant should pay for the burnt goods as he sold them, and for the rest at the rate of £1.5s a week. There were a vast variety of green goods left, which was spoilt by the unneighbourly conduct of the plaintiff in taking off the roof of the house in which they were kept. Defendant admitted he owed £17, the value of the burnt goods he had sold, but against that he had-off the value of the green goods remaining when plaintiff took the premises  the second time, over £20. Besides the defendant during his occupation made some burnt goods himself, and these of course he was entitled to sell for himself. The recorder then summed up, and the jury returned a verdict for the plaintiff, for £15.2s.6d’ (Bristol Times and Mirror).
1865 Exhibition Catalogue
Dunn, E. (in employ of Mr A Niblett) brown ware potter, Barton Hill – large flower pot and stand (BRL Bristol Tracts B1023).
1868 7 Nov. A reference to Alfred Niblett of the Barton Hill Pottery (Western Daily Press).
1878 14 Mar. ‘A carter, named Joseph Smith, was summoned for cruelty to a horse at Bathford, on the 19 February. The defendant is in the employ of Mr A. Niblett, of the Barton Hill Pottery, and was sent with a wagon containing pottery which he had to deliver. He was seen by Mr E.J. Knight of Bathford to thrash the horse most savagely and also to throw stones at it. Fined £1 and costs or 14 days’ (Bristol Mercury).
1878 8 Jun. ‘Circular saw for sale. Apply Old Pottery, Queen Ann Street, Barton Hill’ (Western Daily Press).
1878 30 Sep. ‘To be let, a large shed or stable, 45 feet long, dry and suitable for any purpose. Large yard if required. A. Niblett, Barton Hill Pottery’ (Western Daily Press).
1881 Alfred Niblett, Barton Hill, stoneware pottery (WD).
1881 Master potter, Barton Hill Pottery, Queen Anne Road, St Philip’s parish (40), living with his wife Hannah (50) (81C).
1883-86 Alfred Niblett, Barton Hill Pottery, Queen Ann Street (WD).
1888 21 Jan. ‘To let, Barton Hill Pottery, £30, or would let separate large rooms to manufacturer or for public meetings. Good haulingway. Apply at 50 Hebron Road, St Marks Road, Easton’ (Bristol Mercury).
1888 31 Oct. Bankrupts: Alfred Niblett, Barton Hill, pottery manufacturer (Bristol Mercury).
1888 17 Nov. ‘Before the Official Receiver. Alfred Niblett, of the Barton Hill Potteries, pottery manufacturer and haulier. Mr Crook appeared for the debtor. The Official Receiver said no printed statement had been filed, but enough was known to enable to to state that the debtor owed £183 to unsecured creditors and his available assets had been realised by the Sheriff, and amounted to £17.  The property in which he had been carrying on business was his own, but had been mortgaged for £650. The debtor informed him that the property was worth £900, and if that were the case there would be a surplus of £225 coming to the creditors, and that would practically pay them in full ,,, An offer had been made three weeks ago to buy the property for £800. The Official Receivor remarked that the offer was worth considering. The debtor began business 29 years ago without any capital whatever@ (Bristol Mercury).
1888 24 Nov. ‘Re Alfred Niblett, Barton Hill, pottery manufacturer and haulier. The debtor stated that he valued his premises at Barton Hill at £1000, and he had refused an offer of £800 as being insufficient. A creditor valued the property at £1000, and expressed a wish to have it sold by auction. The examination was adjourned until December 7’ (Bristol Mercury).
1888 8 Dec. Bristol County Court. Re. Alfred Niblett, Barton Hill Potteries, Barton Hill, pottery manufacurer and haulier. The Official Receiver asked the debtor if he would leave the house he owned, and in which he now lived. Mr Crook (for the debtor) said he would undertake to get him out before the property was sold (Western Daily Press).
1888 29 Dec. ‘Preliminary announcement of sale of freehold dwelling house, pottery and land at Barton Hill. [For sale by auction 15 January 1889] all that freehold dwelling house, pottery, stables and piece of land known as the Barton Hill Pottery … now and for many years in the occupation of Mr Niblett’ (Bristol Mercury).
1889 15 Jan. Auction sale of the Barton Hill Pottery: ‘The property comprises capital cottage in good repair with garden in front and contains sitting room, front and back kitchens, and three bedrooms. The pottery comprises substantially built double kiln, four strongly constructed warerooms, pottery, warehouse, mill room with two capital cellars underneath. In the large yard (to which there is a spacious hauling-way) are two carthouses with living rooms over, stable with loft above, good sized kitchen garden, wood cart shed, and other conveniences. Running under the substantially erected warerooms is a roomy covered hauling-way; there is also a well on the property’ (Western Daily Press).
1889 16 Jan. The Barton Hill Pottery, Queen Ann Street, was sold and realised £750 (Western Daily Press).
1891 Haulier, Wellow Hill, Welton, Midsomer Norton, Somerset (46), living with his wife Joanna (52) (91C).
1918 4 Apr. ‘Died, March 31, at Bath, Alfred Niblett, late of the Barton Hill Pottery, aged 76’ (Western Daily Press).


Born c1842 in Temple parish, the brother of Lydia Nicholas (61C).

1861 Labourer at stoneware pottery, 5 Little Avon Street, Temple parish (19), living with his parents Robert and Ann Nicholas, a butcher, born in St Nicholas’s parish, and sister Lydia (61C).



Born c1849 in Temple parish, the sister of John Nicholas (61C).

1861 Cutter to whiteware potter, 5 Little Avon Street, Temple parish (12), living with her parents Robert and Ann Nicholas, a butcher, born in St Nicholas parish, and brother John (61C).



Born c1844 (TPR).

1868 4 Jan. Temple parish (24), the son of Robert Nicholls, a butcher, he married Charlotte Applebee of Temple parish, the daughter of Thomas Applebee, a coal merchant (TPR).


Born c1844 in Bristol (81C).

1881 Potter’s assistant, 6 Henry Row, St Philip’s parish (37) (81C).


Born c1849 in St Philip’s parish (71C).

1871 Labourer in pottery, lodging at 19 St Silas Place, St Philip’s parish (71C).
1881 Possibly the William J. Nicholls, general labourer, 50 Weare Street, Bedminster (30), living with his wife Sarah (27), born in Bristol (81C).
1891 Carter, 3 Bedfield Road, St George (40), living with his wife Harriet (33) and daughter Adelaide (1), born in St George (91C).
1895 21 Jul. Potter, Barton Hill, St Philip’s parish on the baptism of his son Alfred Edward (born 2 Jul 1895).  Wife Harriet (PPR).
1901 Potter, 39 Corbett Street, St George (50), living with his wife Harriet (41) and children Adelaide (11), William (9) and Walter (4), all born in Bristol (01C).
1911 His wife was a widow (11C).



Born c1836 in St George (51C).

1851 Potter’s labourer, Crews Hole, St George (15) (51C).