COLE Lavinia Ann

Posted on: October 8th, 2016 by webfooted

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

The Pottery had previously been run by Thomas Homans Cole who died in October 1867. It was taken over by his widow, Lavinia Cole.

1867-71 Lavinia Cole ran the St Philip’s Pottery 6.

In 1869 she married Joseph Rowland Hands and they then ran the Pottery in partnership.

After Lavinia Cole’s death in 1871 the Pottery was run by Joseph Rowland Hands.


Born c1825 in Bath, the wife of Thomas Homans Cole and afterwards Joseph Rowland Hands, and the mother-in-law of Charles Davis (51C, 71C).

1864 16 Jul. ‘Died July 9, aged 65, Mrs S. Boades, mother of Mrs Cole, Albert Pottery, St Philip’s’ (Bristol Times & Mirror).
1867 2 Nov. ‘To gentlemen, nurserymen, builders and others. Lavinia Cole returns sincere thanks to her friends and the public for the liberal patronage bestowed on her late husband for the last 13 years, and begs to inform them she intends carrying on the business as usual, and hopes by strict attention to merit a continuance in their kind support. Albert Pottery, St Philip’s Marsh. 28 October 1867’ (Bristol Mercury).
1869-73 Lavinia Cole, brown and red ware potter, garden pot manufacturer, and brick and tile maker, St Philip’s Marsh (MD, WD).
1869 29 Sep. ‘Wanted a woman, as general servant, not under 40. Only two in family. Apply Albert Pottery, St Philip’s Marsh’ (Western Daily Press).
1869 9 Oct. On 2 October at St Barnabus church, Lavinia Ann, the widow of Thomas Cole of the Albert Pottery, St Philip’s parish, married Mr J.R. Hands of Bristol (Bristol Mercury). [She was aged 44, while he was 25].
1870 9 Sep. ‘For sale, a silver mounted harness, nearly new. Apply at Albert Pottery, St Philip’s Marsh’ (Western Daily Press).
1870 Mrs L. Hands, Albert Pottery (WD).
1871 Potter, employing 6 men and 2 boys, widow, Albert Pottery, 10 Albert Road, St Philip’s parish (46), living with her daughter, Rosina (27), born in St Philip’s parish (71C). [It is not known why Lavinia used the surname Cole in this census, rather than the surname of her new husband].
1871 Her daughter had married Charles Davis (40) who was ‘clerk in the pottery works’ (71C).
1871 18 Nov. ‘Died November 8 at Albert Pottery, Lavinia Ann, wife of Mr Jos R. Hands, aged 46’ (Bristol Mercury).

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