Bristol Potters and Potteries

Research by Reg Jackson

Bristol Potters - N

Research by Reg Jackson


Born c1824 in St Paul’s (61C).

1861 Potter’s labourer, 12 Red Rank, St Philip’s parish (37), living with his wife Mary (34) born in Wells, Somerset, and children (61C).
William, born c1852 in St Philip’s parish (61C), Ellen, born c1854 in St Philip’s parish (61C), Mary, born c1856 in St Philip’s parish (61C), Emily, born c1860 in St Philip’s parish (61C), Alfred, born c1861 in St Philip’s parish (61C).



Born cc1859 in Kingswood, Gloucestershire, the wife of William Nicholson (91C, 01C).

1891 Potter, Church Road, St George [married] (32), living with her children (91C).


Born c1843 in Leeds [or Swinton], Yorkshire, the husband of Betsy Nicholson (11C, 01C).

1881 Potter, 21 Betteslow Street, Hanley (35), living with his wife Elizabeth (Betsy) (23), born in Hanham, Bristol, and children (81C).
1891 His wife was listed alone with her children in the census (91C).
1901 Potter, 4 Langton Road, St Luke’s, Brislington (60), living with his wife Betsy (43) and children (01C).
1911 Formerly potter, inmate, lunatic, Bristol City Workhouse, Stapleton (11C). In the same census he was also listed with his family at 68 Sandy Park Road, Brislington: Potter, feebleminded (69), living with his wife Betsy (53) and children (11C).
Ellen, born c1878 in Leeds (81C), Emily, born c1880 in Hanham, Gloucestershire (81C), Ada, born c1884 in Bristol (91C), Henry, born c1886 in Bristol (91C), Victor, born c1888 in Bristol (91C), Lucy, born c1890 in Bristol (91C), Bessie, born c1894 in Bristol (01C)


Born c1863 in Oxfordshire (01C).

1901 Potter, 29 Great George Street, St Jude (38) (01C).


Born c1821, the son-in-law of William Laws (JBPR).

1849 25 Dec. West Street, Bedminster (28) the son of John Nicklin, a soldier, he married Elizabeth Laws (27) of Browns Row, the daughter of William Laws, a potter (JBPR).
1851 9 Feb. Jacob Street, St Philip’s parish on the baptism of his daughter Elizabeth (born 15 Jan 1851).  Wife Elizabeth (PPR).
1862 6 Feb. Temple parish on the baptism of his son Edward (TPR).



The son of James Niglett of Bristol, yeoman, deceased (A).

1699 1 May. Probably the John Niglett, son of James Niglett, baptised at St James’s church (JaPR).
1714 11 May. He was apprenticed to Thomas and Sarah Dickson (A, Ao, Ar).
1722 14 Jan. John Niglett married Hester Bower (RPR).
1722 29 Nov. He became a free gallypotmaker (F, G).
1729 8 Oct. Noted as a potter on the baptism of his daughter, Mary (RPR).
1731 8 Mar. He stood surety of £20 for the appearance of John Govey, gardener, at the next Gaol Delivery (T).
1731 11 Mar. ‘Mary Bower agt. John Niglett, a potter without Redcliff Gate Thurs 25th March 1731 pltf. proved deft. indebted to her seven shillings for keeping defts. wife.  Ordered it be paid with cost in a month …’ (C).
1734 18 Mar. Gallypotmaker, Redcliffe Street (Ao).
1734 Potter, St Mary Redcliffe parish (P).
1735 28 Nov. ‘Ended: Samuel Hopkins agt. John Niglett potter on Redcl. Hill’ (C).
1736 25 Jan. ‘Samuel Hopkins agt. John Niglett Redclift Hill’ (C).
1737 23 Jun. ‘Sarah Beton agt. John Niglett potter at Redcliff Pitt. Thurs the 21st of July 1737 Pl. proved her debt to be 10s.9d for necessarys, ordered it to be paid with costs …’ (C).
1738 26 Oct. ‘Joseph Stokes agt. John Needglutt Potter Redcliff Pitt – Thursday the 30th of Nov 1738. Pltff. prov’d his Debt to be £1.2s.5d on a Note of hand ordered it to be paid with costs …’ (C).
1739 5 Nov. He stood surety for Thomas Oxenham, labourer, to appear at the next Quarter Sessions to answer an assault on his wife (T).
1739 Gallypotmaker, St Mary Redcliffe parish (P).
1742 18 Feb. ‘Benjamin Barlett agst. John Niglett porter [sic] Redcliff Pitt’ (C).
1743 8 Aug. ‘Joseph Stokes agst. John Needglutt at Mr Ward’s in Water Lane … Thurs 6th Oct 1743, Debt proved to be £1.0s.5d by Note of hand order’d it be paid with costs at 1s a week to begin next Sat …’ (C).  See also Frances Ward.
1745 11 Jul. ‘Joseph Coverly agt. John Niglett Mogg’s Entry. Thursday the 15th Augt 1745, Debt proved to be 4s.9d for ale order’d it be paid with costs at 6d a week …’ (C).
1745 8 Aug. Gallypotmaker, Redcliff Pitt (A, Ao, Ar).
1754 Potter, St Mary Redcliffe parish (P).
1755 18 Aug. ‘Hester Niglett’ buried (RPR).
1762 3 Sep. John Niglett buried (RPR).
With wife Hester
Joseph Watkins, 18 Mar 1734 (A, Ao, Ar)
Francis Watkins, 8 Aug 1745, (A, Ao, Ar)
Tax book entries:
25 Mar 1750 ‘John Niglett Poor’ Recliffe Pit and Joanes Lane (SMR-W)
Sarah, bapt 14 Feb 1725, buried (aged near 5 years) 11 May 1729 (RPR), Mary, bapt 8 Oct 1729, buried (aged 1 year) 10 Sep 1730 (RPR)


NOBLE Benjamin

Born c1844 in Bristol (81C).

1881 Pottery labourer, 13 Leek Lane, St Paul’s parish (37), living with his wife Elizabeth A. (28), born in Bristol, and daughter Florence (1), born in Bristol (81C).
1891 Labourer, inmate, Bristol City Workhouse, Stapleton (48), living with his wife Elizabeth (47) abd children Florence (11), Thomas (9), born in Bristol, and Janet (1), born in Stapleton (91C).

NORGROVE Arthur Edgar

Born c1861 in Mangotsfield, Gloucestershire (11C).

1901 Mason’s labourer, 6 Maywood Road, Fishponds (40), living with his wife Emily (30), born in Westerleigh, and daughter Minnie (7 mths) (01C).
1911 Fireman at pottery, 3 Lewington Road, Fishponds (50), living with his wife Emily (4), born in Mangotsfield, and children Minnie (10), Edward (10), Edgar (6) and Hilda (2), all born in Stapleton (11C).


Born c1825 in Bristol (51C).

1851 3 Rose Court, Temple parish (26), living with his wife Charlotte (28) born in St Peter’s parish and children (51C).
1861 Mason, 1 Johns Place, St John the Baptist parish (35), living with his wife Charlotte (40), and children (61C).
George, born c1847 in St George (51C), Mary, born c1849 in St George (51C), Harriet, born in St George (51C), Henry, born c1852 in Bristol (61C), Emma, born c1856 in Bristol (61C), Sarah, born c1857 in Bristol (61C), Job, born c1860 in Bristol (61C)



Born c1854 in Bristol (71C).

1871 Potter’s labourer, 7 Cohens Buildings, Baptist Street, St Philip’s parish (17) (71C).


Born c1884 in Bristol (01C).

1901 Pottery printer, 1 Pearce’s Building, Freestone Road, St Silas parish (17) (01C).

NOTTON William

Born c1884 in Bristol (01C).

1901 Pottery labourer, 18 Philip Street, St Silas parish (17) (01C).


1734 14 Nov. ‘Richard Smith agt. George Nowlton potter at Potterys under Brandon Hill’ (C).  See also William Pottery.