Posted on: March 12th, 2018 by Reg Jackson

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

The Potteries had previously been owned by Halsted Sayer Cobden.  They were then purchased by two London solicitors, Patrick Johnston and a Mr Rogers.

1878-84 Patrick Johnston and Mr Rogers ran the Water Lane Pottery and the Bristol Victoria Pottery, trading as Pountney & Co.

Rogers retired in 1883 and Patrick Johnston died in 1884, leaving the firm bankrupt. The Pottery was then acquired by Patrick Johnston’s nephew, Thomas Bertram Johnston.


Born c1830 in Norbiton, Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey, the uncle of Thomas Bertram Johnston.

1871 Solicitor, widower, 43 Euston Road, St Pancras, London (41) (71C).
1878 The Bristol Pottery, previously owned by the Pountney family, was sold to Patrick Johnston and a Mr Rogers, both London solicitors.
1878-84 Pountney & Co., manufacturer of plain and ornamental earthenware, Bristol Pottery, Temple Backs (MD).
1880 18 May ‘To be let. Two store rooms in Water Lane, Temple. Apply to Pountney & Co., Bristol Pottery, Temple Backs’ (Bristol Mercury).
1880 31 Aug. ‘On Saturday last, the excursion of the employees of Messrs Pountney and Co., of Bristol Pottery, Temple Backs and Victoria Pottery, St Philip’s Marsh, and their friends took place. The party was conveyed to Teignmouth by special train. The journey was accomplished shortly before ten o’clock, and the weather being delightful the pleasure seekers were enabled to roam about the favourite Devonshire watering-place and engage themselves in various amusements.  Owing to the excellent arrangement made with the railway company, the return journey was made so that the party arrived in Bristol at 10.30 p.m., having thoroughly enjoyed themselves’ (Bristol Mercury).
1881 Solicitor, widower, Holmwood House, Kingston-upon-Thames (51), living with his nephew, Thomas Bertram Johnston (16) (81C).
1883 30 Aug. ‘The employees of Messrs Pountney and Company of the Bristol Pottery, Temple Backs and the Victoria Pottery, St Philip’s Marsh, had their annual outing to Bournemouth on Saturday. The party, which numbered over 300, including the hands recently added to the decorating department, were conveyed by special train’ (Western Daily Press).
1884 3 Apr. ‘To let. Cellars under the Bristol Pottery’s showrooms, corner of High Street and Bridge Street’ (Western Daily Press).
1884 31 Jul. He died at 34 Bedford Road, Holborn, London. His will was proved on 29 August by his brother, Thomas Gwinnell Johnston. Personal estate valued at £849.8s.5d (PRO National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966).
1885 14 Feb. ‘Pursuant to an Order of the Chancery Division of the High Court of Justice, made in the matter of the estate of Patrick Johnston … and the creditors of Patrick Johnston, late of 35 Bedford Row, Middlesex, also of Holmwood House, Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey, solicitor, and who also carried on business under the name or style of Pountney and Company at the Bristol and Victoria Potteries, potterymakers, who died on the 31 Day of July 1884 … defendant Thomas Gwinnell Johnston …’ (Western Daily Press).
1886 24 Jul. ‘In the Chancery Division yesterday … an order was made discharging Mr Hiley as a receiver to the business carried on by Patrick Johnston, whose estate is being administered under an order of court made in August last year. The testator at the time of his death carried on two pottery business in Bristol, and Messrs Hiley and Byrne were appointed receivers’ (Bristol Mercury).[The two pottery businesses were Pountney’s Water Lane Pottery and the Victoria Pottery, St Philip’s Marsh].

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