HART George

Posted on: October 14th, 2016 by webfooted

See the Potteries List section for the Westbury-on-Trym Pottery.

The Pottery had previously been run by Daniel Saunders. George Hart purchased it in August 1772.

c1772-75 George Hart ran the Westbury-on-Trym Pottery.

He was succeeded by Stephen Fricker.


1772 21 Aug. He purchased the Pottery at Burfield for £1,000 from the accountant administrating Daniel Saunders’ bankruptcy (BRO 21782, box 17, bundle 6).
1773 3 Apr. ‘George Hart, Westbury, near Bristol, begs leave to inform his friends and the Public that besides sugar pots and moulds he makes all sorts of useful and ornamental chimney pots, so much approv’d of and esteemed for their singular qualifications for curing smoaky chimneys, which has had its desir’d effect after every other method has been tried.  Likewise all kinds of useful and ornamental garden pots.  The chimney and garden pots are made of so peculiar a sort of clay that they are warranted to stand the severity of the frost and weather without scaling off or losing any of their useful ornaments’ (FFJ).
1773 10 Jul. George Hart exported 900 pieces of earthenware to Dublin (PB-EXP).
1773 22 Jul. William Plant of Wine Street, dealer in earthenware advertised: ‘All sorts of garden pots, useful and ornamental from Mr. Hart’s manufactory at Westbury, sold at the above warehouse, and at no other place in Bristol’ (BG).
1774 15 Jun. A G. Hart exported 2500 pieces of earthenware to Dublin (PB-EXP).
1774 He stood surety of £5 for Thos. Hilligrew, a vintner of St Mary le Port parish (AKL).
1775 He stood surety of £5 for Stephen Fricker, a vintner of St Mary le Port parish (AKL).`
1776 8 Aug. ‘To be lett or sold by private contract A modern new built house [called Burfield] situated at Westbury-on-Trym … There is a very good limekiln belonging to the same.  For further particulars enquire of George Hart, of Westbury, aforesaid.  N.B. a purchaser may have immediate possession as the owner is going to reside in Dorsetshire’ (BG).
1780 16 Jul. George Hart, who by then had taken over the Greyhound Inn at Blandford Forum in Dorset advertised Burfield for sale, the property including ‘a valuable Pottery, which for Conveniency and Repute, is not to be equalled in this Kingdom, and has been for those 40 Years last past, and is now let to Mr Stephen Fricker … at the yearly rent of £105.5s …’ (BG).
1817 15 Sep.’Mary, the widow of George Hart, senr’, was buried at Blandford, Dorset, aged 67 years (Blandford Burial Register).
Rate book entries:
1771-85 Mr George Hart for part of Saunders (Westbury Church Rate)
1771-79 Mr George Hart for News (Westbury Church Rate)
1771-79 Mr George Hart for Bucklers/Buckles (Westbury Church Rate)
1773-82 Mr George Hart for part of Lloyds (Westbury Church Rate)
1783 (only) ‘George Hart for Comb House’ (Westbury Church Rate)
1788-96 Occ. ‘Samuel Thatcher prop. Mr Trehawke late Harts Clay Ground’ (Westbury Church Rate)

(Harts Clay Ground was later occupied by Roger Yabbicom and Son, potter).

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