Posted on: October 20th, 2016 by webfooted

See the Potteries List section for the St Philip’s Pottery 2.

1749 Possibly the ‘Rumney’ or the occupier of a Pothouse ‘above the Bridge’ who had deposited large quantities of potsherds, presumably waste from the Pottery, on the banks of the River Avon near the glasshouse.

Edward Rumley died in 1759, and it is possible that this Pottery was taken over by Joseph Hill.


1742 17 Apr. A potter of St Philip and Jacob parish, he was granted a licence to marry Hannah Pearce, widow, of the same parish, at St Philip and Jacob (M).
1742 18 Sep. A potter of St Philip and Jacob parish, he was bondsman to a licence granted to Thomas Whittupp, staymaker (M).
1749 24 May. Edward Rumley may have been the ‘Rumney’ in the following document: ‘Account of the Nuisances and Incroachments upon the River Avon above the Bridge [Bristol Bridge] viewed by the Committee’ included ‘A large Quantity of Potsherds laid on the Banks of the said River near the Glasshouse by —- Rumney or the occupier of the Pothouse there  It is ordered that Mr Chamberlain do forthwith give notice to the several persons complained of to remove the said Nuisances and in default thereof that they be prosecuted …’ (CCP).
1757 Possibly the Edward Rumney who stood surety of £5 for Charles Slade to keep an alehouse in St James’s parish (AKL).
1759 2 Mar. Will: ‘I Edward Rumley of the Out Parish of Saint Philip and Jacob … Potter … bequeath unto my Son in Law Henry Bowen of the City of Bristol haberdasher … All those my Three Messuages Tenements or Dwelling houses … Two whereof are situate in Avon Street … and the other is Situate in Barton Street in the Parish of St James … I give and Devise the same to my Grandson Henry Bowen Son of the said Henry Bowen … And as for and concerning my other house situate in Barton Street … I Give and Devise the same unto my Grandson Edward Bowen … I Give to Richard Bowen and Frances Bowen my Grand Children … Ten Pounds a Piece.  I Give unto my Dear and Loving wife Hannah the sum of Twenty pounds to buy her Mourning And also the use of all my household goods and plate during her Life (Except my Watch) … I Give my said Watch to the said Edward Bowen … I Give the Sum of Five pounds to my said Son in Law Henry Bowen to be him laid out in six penny Loaves and Distributed amongst such of the Poor of the Out Parish of Saint Philip and Jacob as he shall think proper …’ Proved 14 Feb 1760 (BRO Will 1760/17).


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