POUNTNEY Charlotte Fayle

Posted on: September 18th, 2017 by Reg Jackson

See the Potteries List section for the Water Lane Pottery.

The Pottery had previously been run by John Decimus Pountney, her husband, who died in December 1852.

1853-72 Charlotte Fayle Pountney ran the Water Lane Pottery.

In 1857 someone called ‘Edwards’ became a partner, the firm trading as Pountney, Edwards & Co. until 1858.

Charlotte Fayle Pountney died in November 1872 and the Pottery was taken over by Halsted Sayer Cobden.


Born c1806 in Corfe, Dorset, she was the wife of John Decimus Pountney.

1851-53 J.D. Pountney, for the manufacture of all sorts of plain and ornamental earthenware, Water Lane (MD).
1853 22 Jan. ‘Notice is hereby given that the Bristol Pottery, carried on for nearly forty years by the late Mr John D. Pountney, will in future be conducted under the firm of “Mr J.D. Pountney and Co”, by his widow, Mrs Charlotte Fayle Pountney, who respectfully solicits a continuance of the kind support so many years conferred on her late husband’ (Bristol Mercury).
1853 13 Aug. ‘George Berry was charged with stealing six plates from the premises of Messrs Pountney of Temple Back. The manager of the pottery last evening observed the prisoner act in a way that excited his suspicions, following him from the premises, and having brought him back, found plates in his pockets, they were then warm as they came from the kiln’ (Bristol Mercury).
1854-57 J.D. Pountney & Co., for the manufacture of all sorts of plain and ornamental earthenware, Water Lane (MD).
1854 16 Sep. ‘We have much pleasure in announcing that Messrs J.D. Pountney & Co. of the Bristol Pottery, have resolved to confer the half-holiday privilege on the numerous workpeople in their employ, by closing their establishment for the future at one o’clock on Saturdays’ (Bristol Mercury).
1855 19 May. Robert Wilson, aged 10 years, was charged with stealing lead, the property of Mrs Pountney of the pottery. The child’s father worked at the pottery. Case was dismissed (Bristol Mercury).
1855 13 Oct. William Dodd was charged with stealing iron, the property of Mrs Pountney, of the Bristol Pottery, and Stephen Dunford, a smith, residing in Water Lane, was charged with receiving the same. Lock was employed at the factory as a haulier, and Dunford did the smiths’ work there. Both prisoners were remanded (Bristol Mercury).
1857  15 Aug. ‘The Bristol Pottery, Temple Back. Pountney, Edwards & Co. (late J.D. Pountney & Co), respectfully inform the nobility, gentry and inhabitants of Bristol, Clifton and the vicinities that they have fitted up a spacious showroom, at their manufactory, with a choice and varied assortment of porcelain & earthenware comprising patterns and designs of the most recherche description in dinner and dessert services, toilet, tea and breakfast sets, together with a carefully selected stock of useful goods which will enable visitors to purchase direct from the manufactory, and at the same time afford them an opportunity of inspecting the Working Department of one of the most ancient and interesting of all manufactures.  The manufactory is open daily for the inspection of visitors’ (Bristol Mercury).
1858 Pountney, Edwards & Co., earthenware manufacturers, Bristol Pottery, Temple Backs (MD).
1859-72 Pountney & Co., manufacturer of plain and ornamental earthenware, Bristol Pottery, Temple Back (MD).
1859 19 Feb. ‘For sale, a good, useful cob, stands 14½ hands high, good in saddle or harness. To be seen at the Bristol Pottery, Temple Backs’ (Bristol Mercury).
1860 11 Jul. ‘To engine drivers and fitters. Wanted, a competent and steady man to take charge of a steam engine and apparatus belonging to a potter’s mill. Unexceptionable references as to character and ability required. Apply at the Bristol Pottery, Temple Backs’ (Western Daily Press).
1862 8 Feb. ‘Bristol Pottery, Temple Backs … Pountney & Company, continue to supply earthenware wholesale and for exportation. Pountney & Co. had no connection with the Bristol Pottery sold by auction a few days ago’ (Bristol Mercury).
1862 28 Jun. Two boys, Robert Smith and James Allen, were charged with stealing 45 pounds of lead from the Bristol Pottery (Bristol Mercury).
1863 5 Dec. Two boys, James and Thomas Hutchings, were charged with stealing iron from the Bristol Pottery. The younger prisoner, James, was discharged, but the other was sentenced to six weeks hard labour (Bristol Mercury).
1864 13 Sep. ‘To builders and others. Dry rubble may be constantly had at the Bristol Pottery, Temple Backs, and three pence per ton will be given for hauling it away’ (Western Daily Press).
1865 Exhibition Catalogue. Pountney (workpeople in employ of), Potter, Bristol Pottery, Temple Backs – various articles and designs in Pottery Ware (Bristol Tracts BRL B1023).
1866 22 Aug. ‘An accident of a serious character happened to William Geale, one of the engineers at the Bristol Pottery. He was engaged in adjusting the pumps of the engine, and incautiously placed his hand in one of the chambers of a pump to ease the chain of the bucket, having previously given the order to start. His hand was drawn into and jammed against the chamber. The engine was at once stopped but the limb was fixed so fast that it could not be extricated until a half-hundred weight had been forced down upon the bucket’. He was taken to the General Hospital where his injuries were found to be very severe, although amputation was not considered necessary’ (Western Daily Press).
1867 29 Jun. ‘The Bristol Pottery. Messrs G.C. Ashmead & Son have been instructed by the Executors of the late Proprietor to offer for sale by public auction … on Thursday the 4th day of July … all that well-established, extensive and valuable freehold earthenware pottery known as the Bristol Pottery, with the plant, stock, etc, of the same, situate in Water Lane and Temple Backs … and also all that lifehold wharf, yard and buildings, used with the pottery, and separated therefrom by the public road. The property comprises: a foreman’s house and another dwelling house, flint, slip and enamel kilns, biscuit and glost ovens, steam engine, fixtures, moulds, etc., and all the requisites for carrying on an extensive business capable of being extended at a small cost. To view the property apply to Mr Clowes, the Manager …’ (Bristol Mercury).
1867 6 Jul. ‘The Bristol Pottery. This valuable property, containing an area of nearly an acre and a half, not having been sold by auction this day, may be treated for by private contract. The premises are so extensive that portions of them may easily be converted to other businesses if desired. Price, including all machinery, fittings and fixtures mentioned in the particulars, but excepting the manufactured and unmanufactured stock-in-trade and materials, £15,000’ (Bristol Mercury).
1871 Charlotte Pountney, annuitant, widow, The Shrubbery, Pucklechurch (65), living with her children William Joseph (22) and Lucy E. (21), both born in Clifton, and servants Jemima Wall (23) and Henry Wilton (10) (71C).
1871 28 Jan. ‘To builders and lime burners. Ashes to be given away, at the Bristol Pottery, Temple Backs’ (Bristol Mercury).
1872 ‘Pountney & Co., Temple Back Potteries, was established in Bristol as early as the time of Edward I. The pottery on Temple Backs was established probably after 1787, the tablet on the premises, however, states 1750. The works were commenced by a Mr King [sic]; they afterwards passed into the hands of a Mr Carter, from whom they were purchased by the late Mr Pountney, 1822. White earthenware only is manufactured which is composed of calcined flints, feldspar, Devonshire clay, and china clay from Cornwall.  About 250 hands are employed and about 5000 tons of coals, and 3000 tons of flints, clay, etc., are consumed annually’ (‘Illustrated Handbook to Bristol, Clifton and Neighbourhood, 1872).
1872 Charlotte Fayle Pountney died in Clifton, aged 65 and was buried on 8 Nov. 1872 at Henbury (Ancestry website).


Comments are closed.