Posted on: October 7th, 2016 by webfooted

See the Potteries List section for the Water Lane Pottery.

The Pottery had previously been run by Joseph Ring I.

1788-1815 Henry Carter was a partner in the Water Lane Pottery.

Henry Carter had been associated with the pottery since January 1788 under the partnership of Joseph Ring I, William Taylor I and Henry Carter.

Following Joseph Ring I’s death in April 1788, Henry Carter entered into partnership with William Taylor I and Elizabeth Ring, Joseph’s widow.

The partnership between these three was dissolved on 31 December 1791 and Elizabeth Ring retired from the firm which continued under the partnership of Henry Carter and Robert Ring, the brother of Joseph Ring I, trading as Ring and Carter.

This partnership continued until 1798 when Henry Carter was running the Pottery alone.

By 1800 a partnership existed between Henry Carter and Joseph Ring II, both Joseph Ring II and Henry Carter being described as potters in Water Lane, and the concern being known as Henry Carter and Company.

In April 1813 Henry Carter and Joseph Ring II entered into partnership with John Decimus Pountney.

When Joseph Ring II died in May 1813 the partnership was between Henry Carter and John Decimus Pountney.

The partnership between Carter and Pountney was dissolved in October 1815.

The Pottery was then run by J.D. Pountney and Edwin Allies.


1788 9 Jan. Joseph Ring I took Henry Carter and William Taylor I into partnership in the Water Lane Pottery, the firm trading as Ring, Taylor and Carter (Owen 1873, 350).  On the death of Joseph Ring I in April 1788 his place in the partnership was taken by his widow, Elizabeth Ring.
1791 31 Dec. The partnership between Elizabeth Ring, William Taylor I and Henry Carter was dissolved and replaced by a partnership between Robert Ring and Henry Carter, the firm trading as Ring and Carter (BMBJ 11 Feb 1792).
1792 13 Jun. ‘Tuesday was married at St Augustine’s church … Mr Henry Carter of Woollard in the county of Somerset, and one of the proprietors of the Queen’s-ware manufactory in this city, to Miss Madge, daughter of the late Captain Madge, of Orchard-street’ (BMBJ).
1798 Henry Carter, only Queen’s Ware Manufactory, Water Lane, Temple Backs. Retail Warehouse: 14 Bath Street (MD).
1798 Henry Carter was reported, but not charged, for having a sign board insecurely fixed to his china shop in Bath Street.
1798 3 Mar. A list of subscribers for the Defence of the Country:  ‘Temple parish – Henry Carter, Churchwarden of Temple in lieu of the dinner usually given by the Churchwarden on the going out of office £25. Henry Carter, Bristol Pottery £10.10s.0d.  The journeymen and apprentices employed in the Bristol Pottery by Henry Carter £5.0s.0d’ (FFJ).
1799-1815 Henry Carter and H. Carter & Co. were exporting earthenware to Guernsey, Jersey, Waterford, Gijon (Spain), Ferrol (Spain), Ribadeo (Spain), Pontevedra (Spain), Cadiz, Corunna, Vigo, Bilbao, Oporto, Lisbon, Gibraltar, Madeira, Jamaica, Barbados, Nevis, St Kitts, Trinidad, Honduras, Boston and Newfoundland (PB-EXP).
1800 18 Jun. ‘The Information of Samuel Wallis workman to Henry Carter of Temple Backs, potter, and Thomas Goller, hallier, to the said Henry Carter. First the Informant Samuel Wallis on his oath saith that last Night the seventeenth Instant about Ten o’clock he saw a person now present giving his name William Bobbett got over a wall belonging to Mr Carter’s pottery and waited and saw him come over the wall again [when] he appeared to have a Bundle with him of a Dark colour and the Informant Thomas Goller … saith that the hempen sack now produced was borrowed by this Informant of Henry Walters … and the sack was in his master Mr Carter’s premises …’ (Q).
1802 4 Mar. ‘Bristol Pottery, Temple Backs. Henry Carter, Manufacturer of Blue Printed, Enamelled Table Services, Blue, Green, and Colour Edged Painted, and Cream-Coloured Wares, etc, etc. Takes the liberty to solicit the orders of Merchants, Captains and Dealers, which, in consequence of constantly employing more than One Hundred People in the manufacturing of the above articles, he can execute at short notice, and on the most advantageous terms.  He also claims the attention of the public to his large and extensive Ware-Room, at Mrs. Ring’s, No. 14 Bath Street opposite the Porter Brewery, where families can be supplied with Services, Desert Sets, etc. etc. – Also every other useful and ornamental article, and which, from his extensive connections, combined with his own manufacture, he is enabled to sell on much lower terms than any other person in this City.  Japanned Tea Trays, waiters, etc. etc.  Table and Desert Services, enamelled with Arms, Crests, Cyphers, etc.’ (BG).
1802 26 May. Grand Jury Presentment regarding the common sewer in Temple parish refers to the ‘sewer under Church Lane across and under part of Temple Church yard and thence across a yard and buildings in the occupation of Henry Carter, potter, partly in Water Lane and partly in Temple Backs’ (Q).
1803-06 Henry Carter, Bull Lane, Kingsdown (MD).
1805-07 Henry Carter & Co.  Manufacturers of printed, painted, enamelled and cream coloured earthenwares, Water Lane, Temple Back. Retail warehouse for glass, china, earthenware, etc., 14 Bath Street. Sugar, chimney and garden pot manufactory, Water Lane, Temple Back (MD).
1807-13 Henry Carter, 7 Unity Street, College Green (MD).
1807 10 Sep. ‘Bristol Pottery, Temple-Backs. Henry Carter & Co. Earthen-Ware Manufacturers. Inform the Merchants, Captains, Dealers, and the Public in general, that they manufacture Goods calculated for all the Foreign Markets, as well as for the Home Trade; and at the same time assure them, that they may depend upon a prompt and punctual attention to their orders. The Retail Warehouse, at No.14 Bath-Street, opposite the Porter Brewery, carried on by Joseph Ring, who has a constant supply of the most elegant and fashionable assortment of china, glass and earthen-ware, which he is enabled to sell on the most reasonable terms. N.B. Admission tickets to the Manufactory to be had at the Retail Warehouse, any day except Saturday’ (FFJ).
1808-13 Henry Carter & Co. Manufacturers of printed, painted, enamelled and cream coloured earthenwares, Water Lane, Temple Back. Retail warehouse for glass, china, earthenware, etc., 14 Bath Street.
1810 & 12 ‘Paid by Henry Carter, Coal Yard, etc. Temple Back £2’ (Temple-Ch).
1812 26 Sep and 3 Oct. ‘Pottery Coal Wharf, Temple Back. Carter & Ring beg leave to inform their Friends and the Public, that they have on sale a constant supply of Welsh Coal, of a very superior quality … Purchasers at this Wharf will avoid the inconvenience arising from an accumulation of Small Coal as a great proportion is separated for the use of the Pottery.  The weight of each load is ascertained by a correct weighting machine, lately erected on an improved principle. N.B. Orders forwarded to their Counting-House, the Post Office, or at the China and Glass Warehouse, 14 Bath Street, will be punctually attended to’ (FFJ).
1813 5 Apr. Henry Carter, Joseph Ring II and John Decimus Pountney entered into partnership, the firm being known as Carter and Pountney.
1813 17 Jul. ‘Bristol Pottery and earthenware manufactory, Temple Backs. The firm of Carter, Ring and Pountney, being dissolved by the death of Mr Joseph Ring, the manufactory is continued by Henry Carter and John Decimus Pountney, under the firm of ‘Carter and Pountney’, who manufacture porcelain, black Egyptian, blue printed and enamalled table services, and every article requisite for the home and export trade. Crates calculated for the foreign markets ready to be shipped immediately; also, small family crates, for domestic use, forwarded to order’ (Bristol Mercury).
1813-16 Carter & Pountney. Manufacturers of printed, painted, enamelled and cream coloured earthenwares, Water Lane, Temple Back. Pottery Coal Wharf, Temple Back (MD).
1814 21 May. ‘Died … On the 23rd of April Mrs Carter, wife of Henry Carter, Esq., Bristol Pottery’ (FFJ).
1815 18 Feb. Henry Carter, potter, leased land called Bath Avon in Temple parish on which had been built two stables and a tenement.  It was bounded on the north-east by the River Avon and on the south by the road running to the Powder House [that is, Tower Harratz on the Portwall].  The lease was taken on the lives of John Decimus Pountney, aged 26 and Edward Carter, son of the lessee, aged 10 (BRO 00206).  In 1840 the lease of the property was granted to Richard Frank Ring, coal merchant, and included ‘all those four messuages or dwellinghouses and offices … built by Henry Carter, potter …’ (BRO 00206).
1815 28 Oct. ‘Partnerships dissolved: Carter & Pountney of Bristol, earthenware dealers’ (FFJ).
Rate and tax book entries:
Property 1:
29 Sep 1797-25 Sep 1812  Henry Carter/Henry Carter & Co. Water Lane (Temple-L,Wa,PR,LS,H)Property 2:
Retail warehouse, Bath Street
29 Sep 1798-25 Sep 1812 Henry Carter/Henry Carter & Co. Bath Street (Temple-L,Wa,PR,LS,H)


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