COBDEN Halstead Sayer

Posted on: April 17th, 2018 by Reg Jackson

See the Potteries List section for the Water Lane Pottery and the Bristol Victoria Pottery.

The Water Lane Pottery had previously been run by Charlotte Fayle Pountney who died in 1872.

1872-78 Halstead Cobden ran the Water Lane Pottery.  In 1873 he purchased the Bristol Victoria Pottery in St Philip’s Marsh and operated this in tandem with the Water Lane Pottery.

In 1878 the Potteries were acquired by two London solicitors, Patrick Johnston and Mr Rogers.


Born c1845 in London (71C).

1845 20 Nov. He was born and baptised on 9 Feb 1846 at All Saints Church, Marylebone (Ancestry website).
1871 Annuitant (late Lieut 14 Hussars), Park Road, Hampton Wick (26), living with his wife Alice (23), born in London and children Herbert (3), born in London, and Edward (1), born in Hampton Wick, London (71C).
1872-78 Pountney & Co., manufacturer of plain and ornamental earthenware, Bristol Pottery, Temple Back (MD).
1873 6 Aug. ‘On Saturday the workpeople employed at Bristol Pottery and Bristol Victoria Pottery, numbering upwards of 300, had an excursion to Burnham, special trains being provided for the occasion … Mr Cobden by whom both potteries are now carried on, was present throughout the day, and, engaging with his employees in their amusements, added much to their pleasure’ (Western Daily Press).
1875 24 Jul. He prosecuted Aaron Clough for breaking his contract at the Bristol Victoria Potteries (Western Daily Press).
1877 1 Jan. ‘The workpeople of the Bristol and Victoria Potteries sat down at the St Silas Schoolroom, to an excellent tea given by Mr Cobden’ (Western daily Press).
1877 23 Mar. ‘For sale, a strong upright pug mill, suitable for brickmaking or other purposes. Pountney & Co., Bristol Victoria Pottery’ (Western Daily Press).
1878 31 Jan. ‘Last evening the services of Mr Tozer and his brigade were again required. This time the conflagration was reported to be at the Bristol Pottery, Temple Backs. On arriving there it was found that the fire was raging fiercely in one of the drying rooms.  After working about half an hour the flames were got under, but not before damage to the extent of £100 had been done. The premises and stock are insured.  The origin of the fire is supposed to be the overheating of a flue’ (Bristol Mercury, Western Daily Press).
1878 13 Feb. ‘Wanted, a saggar maker, apply to Pountney & Co., Bristol Pottery’ (Western Daily Press).
1881 Late captain in the army, 29 Victoria Square, Clifton (37), living with his wife Alice (33) and children including William (9), Alice M. (7) and Beverly (5), all born in Clifton, and Frances Hyde (30), governess, Mary Baker (24), parlourmaid, Sarah Wood (18), nursemaid and Elizabeth Vickery (43), cook (81C).
1891 Retired cavalry officer, Bruton, Somerset (46), living with his wife Alice (42) and children including Richard (5), born in Bruton, and Florence Ashford (19), domestic servant (91C).
1909 He died, aged 65, in Wincanton, Somerset (Ancestry website).

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