Posted on: October 22nd, 2016 by webfooted

See the Potteries List section for the St Philip’s Pottery 7.

In 1815 there was a partnership between John Cole I and John Spokes I, trading as Cole and Spokes.  This partnership seems to have ended with the Cole family carrying on trading (see St Philip’s Pottery 6) and John Spokes I establishing his own Pottery in 1816.

1816-47 John Spokes I ran the St Philip’s Pottery 7.

He appears to have been in partnership with someone called Bourne in 1816 and the firm traded in that year only as Spokes & Bourne. It seems likely that he was in partnership with his son Samuel Spokes, from about 1844.

Samuel Spokes, his son, ran the Pottery alone from 1848.


Born c1775 in Abingdon, Berkshire, the father of John T. Spokes I and Samuel Spokes (51C, JBPR).

1777 31 Jul. Probably the John Spokes, son of William and Mary Spokes, who was baptised at St Nicholas church, Abingdon (Ancestry website).
1807 1 Nov. Probably the John and Mary Spokes who had their son Samuel baptised at St Mary’s church, Lambeth, London (Ancestry website).
1815 Coles & Spokes, brown stone potter, Avon Street (MD).
1816 Spokes & Bourne, stone ware pottery, Avon Street (MD).
1817-47 John Spokes, stone ware pottery, Avon Street (MD).
1820-21 Mary Spokes, potter, aged 40 years (presumably the wife of John Spokes I) (Methodist Class Book).
1827 9 May. His son, William, was apprenticed to John Shelton, a wheelwright (A).
1833 Cheese Lane & Avon Street, Jno Spokes, Pottery £8; Bread Street, Jno Stokes, dwelling house £2 (BRO EP/A/47-St Philip’s Church Rates).
1835 Cheese Lane, St Philip’s parish (P).
1836 19 May. An Act to alter the line of the Great Western Railway. Schedule of lands in St Philip and Jacob parish included: ‘Owner: John Spokes, Occupier: Himself, Tenement, garden, tobacco pipe manufactory and pottery’.
1841 Avon Street, St Philip’s parish (60), living with his wife Mary (60) born in Bristol (41C).
1841 Avon Street, St Philip’s parish (P).
1847 24 May. Noted as a potter when his son John, a widower, of Boot Lane married Sarah Cool (JBPR).
1851 1 Avon Street Pottery [between 21/22 Avon Street], St Philip’s parish (76), born Abingdon, Berkshire, living with his wife Mary (72) born in St James’s parish.  Living at the same address as Samuel Spokes, formerly a potter (51C).
1852 Avon Street, St Philip’s parish (P).
1854 15 Jan. Probably the John Spokes, aged 78, who was buried (PPR).


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