Bristol Potters and Potteries

Research by Reg Jackson

Bristol Potters

Research by Reg Jackson

ABBOTT Thomas I

1845 3 Feb. Noted as a potter on the marriage of his daughter Hannah (27) to William Stowell (JaPR).

 

ABBOTT Thomas II

Born c1806 in Lambeth, London (61C).

1847 31 Jan. Jacob Street, St Philip’s parish, with wife Sarah on the baptism of their daughter Matilda (PPR).
1861 Possibly the Thomas Abbott (55), stone ware potter, born in Lambeth and lodging in Craig Llanguick, Languick, Glamorgan, South Wales. Meanwhile his wife Sarah (51), born in Lambeth, and daughter Betsy (12), were lodging at 25 Great Ann Street, Temple parish (61C).
1871 12 Butter Lane, Temple parish (64), living with his wife Sarah (60), born in London, a stay maker, and daughter Betsy (21) (71C).

 

ABBOTT Thomas III

Born c1806 in Lambeth, London (51C).

1849 1 Jul. Noted as a potter of West Street, Holy Trinity parish, when his daughter Betsy was baptised. Wife: Betsy (HTPR).
1851 Potter, 9 Lamb Street, St Augustine the Less parish (45), living with his wife Betsy (29), born in Huish Champflower, Somerset, and daughter Betsy (2) (51C).

 

ABBOTT William I

1715 3 Sep. Noted as a potter when his son, Richard, was apprenticed to John Davis, a glassmaker (A).

 

ABBOTT William II

Born c1850 in Bath (71C).

1871 Pottery labourer, 6 Pannetts Court, St Mary Redcliffe parish (21), living with his wife Jane (21) born in Bristol and daughter Selina (1), born in Bristol (71C).

ADAMS Arthur John

Born c1890 in Bristol, the son of Arthur Leonard Adams (11C).

1911 Accountant, pottery, 37 Logan Road, Bishopston (21), living with his parents and siblings (11C).

ADAMS Arthur Leonard

Born c1866 in St Michael’s parish, the father of Arthur John Adams (11C).

1891 Accountant, Norman Villa, Somerville Road, Bishopston (26), living with his wife Amelia (24) and son Arthur (1), both born in Bristol (91C).
1895 9 Aug. He was described as a cashier for Messrs Pountney and Co., at the Victoria Pottery (Bristol Mercury).
1900 23 Feb. He was noted as working at the Bristol Pottery (Western Daily Press).
1900 Cashier, 116 Belmont Road, Ashley Down (35), living with his wife Amelia (35) and children Arthur (11), Amy (9), Violet (6) and Olive (13), all born in Bristol (01C).
1905 26 Dec. He was recorded as an employee of Pountney and Co. Ltd. (Western Daily Press).
1911 Manager, pottery, 37 Logan Road, Bishopston (45), living with his wife Amelia (45) and children (11C).
`1919 21 Apr. Described as the general manager of Pountney’s he attended the funeral of Walter Henry Maurice Tucker, a commercial traveller with the company (Western Daily Press).
1935 7 Jan. Described as the managing director of Pountney’s (Western Daily Press).
1942 18 Aug. He was described as a joint managing director of Pountney’s (Western Daily Press).
1955 26 Jun. He died at 48 St John’s Road, Clifton.  Probate was granted to William Cook, solicitor, Leslie Philip, insurance broker and Norman Clifford, chartered accountant. Effects valued at £12,067.18s.3d (PRO National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations) 1858-1966).

ADAMS Emily

Born c1876 in Bristol (01C).

1901 Potter ware printing, 8 John Street, St Silas parish (25) (01C).

ADAMS George

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

1871 Labourer pottery, Manor House, Albert Road, St Philip’s parish (20), living with his wife Amelia (22) and son George (3 mths), both born in St Philip’s parish (71C).

ADAMS Jessie

Born c1889 in Northwood, Staffordshire (11C).

1911 Potter placer, boarding at 15 Ridgeway Road, Fishponds (22) (11C).

ADAMS John

1830 31 Jan. Temple parish with his wife Mary Ann on the baptism of their son James Moore (PPR).

ADAMS (ADDAMS) Jonas

1734 12 Feb. A potmaker of St Mary Redcliffe parish he was granted a licence to marry Elizabeth Fry of the same parish, at St Mary Redcliffe church (M).
1735 17 Feb. Noted as a ‘pottmaker at the Glasshouse’ when his son William was baptised (RPR).
1742 4 Mar. Mary Adams buried (RPR).
Children:
William, bapt 17 Feb 1735 (RPR)
Jonas, bapt 28 Feb 1737 (RPR)
Mary, bapt 13 Feb 1742 (RPR)

ADAMS Lewis James

Born c1888 in Hanley, Staffordshire (11C).

1911 Potter’s labourer, boarding at 31 Causeway, Fishponds (23) (11C).

ADAMS Robert

The son of Samuel Adams, deceased, a house carpenter, late of Bristol (A, Ao).

1761 5 Aug or Sep. He was apprenticed to William I and Mary Maynard with £10 from Edward Colston, deceased (A, Ao).
1772 22 Feb. He obtained his freedom as a potter (F, G).
1774 St Philip’s parish (P).
1780 Elizabeth, the wife of Robert Adams of St Philip’s parish, potter, received £1 from John Whitson’s Charity for poor women in child bed (JW).
1781 St Philip’s parish (P).
1783 Elizabeth, the wife of Robert Adams of St Philip’s parish, potter, received £1 from Ann Thurston’s Charity for the relief of poor women in child bed (BRO 041919).
1784 St Philip’s parish (P).
He was probably the Robert Adams who received the following wages from the Bedminster Pottery:
1788 4 Oct: 15 shillings; 11 Oct: 15s; 18 Oct: 15s; 25 Oct: 15s; 1 Nov: 15s; 8 Nov: 15s; 15 Nov: 16s.9d; 22 Nov: 17s.11d; 29 Nov: 15s.7d. (Bedminster Pottery Day Book).
1789 27 Jun: 16s.6d; 4 Jul: 13s.5½d; 11 Jul: 18s.2½d (Bedminster Pottery Day Book).
1799 Elizabeth, the wife of Robert Adams of Bedminster, potter, received £1 from John Whitson’s Charity for poor women in child bed (JW).

 

ADLAM Bertie

Born c1881 in Bristol, the brother of Henry Adlam (01C).

1901 Labourer in pottery, 26 Lewis Street, St Silas parish (20) (01C).

ADLAM (ADLUM) George I

The father of William Adlam (A).

1720 24 Mar. Noted as a potter of Brislington when his son, William, was apprenticed to Mary Orchard (A, Ao, Ar).
1726 14 Mar. Noted as a potter of Brislington when his son, Samuel, was apprenticed to Henry Bevan, a glazier (A, Ar).
1733 22 Nov. ‘William Crouch agt. George Adlam, potter, Pile Street’ (C).
1737 22 Nov. A potter of Brislington he was to appear with his son, Abraham, at the next Sessions to prosecute Thomas Ross, a soldier, for an assault with a sword (T).
1756 26 Dec. Possibly the George Adlam buried (BrisPR).
Rate book entries:
1719-27  George Adlam (Brislington–Highway)

 

ADLAM (ADLUM) George II

1748 29 May. George Adlam married Ann Thomas (RPR).
1754 29 Mar. He obtained his freedom as a potter through his marriage to Ann the daughter of William Thomas a tobacco pipe maker, deceased (F, G).
1754 St Mary Redcliffe parish (P).
1766 20 May. Ann Adlam buried (RPR).
1774 5 Oct. Charles Groves became a free glass maker through his marriage to ‘Mary, daughter of George Adlam, potter, deceased’ (G).
Children:
Mary, bapt 29 Sep 1751 (RPR)
Ann, bapt 5 Nov 1753 (RPR)
Betty, bapt 30 Nov 1755 (RPR)

ADLAM Henry

Born c1883 in Bristol, the brother of Bertie Adlam (01C).

1901 Back tender in pottery, 26 Lewis Street, St Silas parish (18) (01C).

ADLAM William

Born c.1706, the son of George Adlam I (A).

1720 24 Mar. The son of George Adlam I of Brislington, potter, he was apprenticed to Mary Orchard (A, Ao, Ar).
1727 24 Jul. He obtained his freedom as a potter (F, G).
1728 16 Jun. William Adlam married Grace Fry (RPR).
1729 22 Jun. William Adlam ‘aged about 23 years’ buried (RPR).

 

ALBERT POTTERY COMPANY

See the Potteries section for the St Philip’s Pottery 6.

The Pottery had previously been run by Joseph Hands.

1875-1906 The Pottery was referred to as the Albert Pottery or the Albert Pottery Company. The name of the owner was not given, although John Forward Moorse (or Morse) was the manager from at least 1877 until 1901.

The Pottery was advertised for sale in 1878 and to let in 1880.  Nevertheless it continued in production and was last mentioned in Sharp’s Directory in 1906.  The Pottery then seems to have closed.

 

1875-78 Albert Pottery Company, St Philip’s Marsh (WD).
1875 19 Oct. ‘Wanted, a useful cart horse, 15 to 16 hands. Albert Pottery, St Philip’s Marsh’ (Western Daily Press).
1877 19 Dec. ‘Wanted, two redware potters, J. Moorse, Albert Pottery’ (Western Daily Press).
1878 17 Jul. ‘For sale. A useful cart mare, price £45. Apply John Moorse, Albert Pottery’ (Western Daily Press).
1878 6 Aug. ‘Valuable freehold pottery, with residence, stabling, yard, and premises in Albert Road, St Philip’s Marsh … [for sale by auction] … All that spacious and convenient manufactory, formerly known as Cole’s Pottery, but now as the Albert Pottery, with good residence, stabling, yard and premises, situate in Albert Road, St Philip’s Marsh, close to the Marsh Bridge, and very near the stations and goods departments of the different railways and barge depots.  These premises have been used as a red and stone ware pottery for a great many years; they have a frontage in Albert Road of 185 feet and a depth of 55 feet 6 inches or thereabouts, and comprise one stone and two red ware kilns, pug and lead mills, three working mills, stove, drying racks and stages, sheds and store rooms, all well lighted. There is a good yard with double doors, stabling for two horses with loft over, cart and straw house, manure pit, etc. There is also a comfortable brick-fronted dwelling-house, comprising two parlours, two bedrooms, kitchen, scullery, pantry, w.c., and minor offices, with vinery and conservatory in front.  Gas pipes are laid throughout the works.  The entire premises are now let at the very moderate ground rental of £80 per year, and are subject only to a small ground rent of £10 per annum.  Possession may be had on the 29 September next if desired’ (Bristol Mercury).
1878 24 Oct. ‘To be let or sold, the old-established stone and red ware pottery, St Philip’s Marsh, known as Coles’s pottery, with comfortable dwelling house, yard and stabling. These premises are close to the Marsh Bridge, and near the different railway and barge depots’ (Western Daily Press).
1880 Albert Pottery Company. Manager: J.F. Morse (Slater’s D).
1880 8 May. ‘To Let. Albert Redware Pottery, Albert Road, St Philip’s, with large yard, stabling, and good dwelling house on the premises. Could be let for any other purposes if required’ (Bristol Mercury).
1880 7 Aug. The same advertisement appeared as in May, with the addition of ‘Old established’ pottery (Bristol Mercury).
1881 13 Sep. A reference to the Albert Pottery adjoining 1-6 Victoria Terrace (Western Daily Press).
1883-84 Albert Pottery Company, York Street (KD).
1884 24 Nov. ‘To market gardeners. Good rhubarb pots may be had from J. Moorse, Albert Pottery, St Philips’ (Bristol Mercury).
1885 Albert Pottery Company, York Street, makers of all kinds of flower and garden pots (KD).
1886-90 Albert Pottery Company, St Philip’s Marsh. Manager: John Morse (WD).
1888 30 Jun. ‘Wanted, a flower pot maker. Apply to John Moorse, Albert Pottery, St Philip’s Marsh’ (Bristol Mercury).
1897 Potters, Victoria Terrace (KD).
1899 14 Feb. There had been high winds in Bristol and at Moorse’s pottery in St Philip’s it had been impossible to light the kilns (Bristol Mercury).
1899-1900 Potters, St Philip’s Marsh (Town D).
1901 Potters, St Philip’s Marsh, John Morse, manager (WD, TD).
1902-03 Potters, St Philip’s Marsh (KD, Town D).
1906 Albert Pottery, York Street (Sharp’s D).