SPOKES John Thomas I

Posted on: October 22nd, 2016 by webfooted

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

The Pottery had previously been run by his brother, Samuel Spokes.

1849-63 John T. Spokes I ran the St Philip’s Pottery 7.

He died in 1863 and the Pottery was taken over by his widow, Sarah Spokes.


Born c1803 in St Philip’s parish, the son of John Spokes I and the brother of Samuel Spokes (61C).

1826-32 St Philip’s parish (PPR).
1835-37 Avon Street, St Philip’s parish (PPR).
1847 24 May. Boot Lane, widower, the son of John Spokes, a potter, he married Sarah Cool of Boot Lane, the daughter of Samuel Cool, a coal miner (JBPR).
1849-57 John Spokes, brown ware potter, Avon Street (MD).
1851 2 Avon Street Pottery, St Philip’s parish (48), living with his wife Sarah (36) born in Bitton, Somerset and his daughter Elizabeth (19) a horse hair weaver, born in St Philip’s parish (51C).
(Next door was a 3 Avon Street Pottery, but this was unoccupied (51C)).
1856 4 Aug. Noted as a potter when his daughter Elizabeth (23) of Broad Plain, St Philip’s parish married Joseph Owen (PPR).
1858-63 John T. Spokes, brown stone ware, Avon Street (MD).
1861 24 Avon Street, St Philip’s parish (58), living with his wife Sarah (40) born in Bitton, Somerset and son John T. (30), a potter, born in St Philip’s parish (61C).
1861 16 Nov. ‘To be let or sold, the old established freehold redware pottery, situated near the railway arch, Avon Street, in the parish of St Philip. The stock and plant to be taken at a fair valuation. For further particulars apply to John Spokes, on the premises’ (Bristol Mercury).
1863 25 Apr. ‘John Thomas Spokes, potter of this city, died April 25th 1863, aged 59’ (Gravestone, Trinity Church, Old Market – information from John Saysell).
1863 2 May. ‘Died April 25, Mr John Thomas Spokes, aged 59 years, many years master of the Redware Pottery, St Philip’s. He died in peace’ (Bristol Mercury).
1863 8 Aug. Described as a brown ware potter late of Avon Street, his will was proved by his widow, Sarah.  Effects were valued at under £200 (PRO National Probate Calendar (Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966).
Wife Susan/Susanna
William John, bapt 25 Jun 1826 (PPR), John Thomas, bapt 24 Feb 1828 (PPR), John Thomas, bapt 3 Jan 1830 (PPR), Elizabeth, bapt 22 Jul 1832 (PPR), William, bapt 14 Jun 1835 (PPR), Thomas (aged 3 wks), bapt 15 Oct 1837 (PPR)


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