Posted on: October 31st, 2016 by webfooted

See the Potteries List section for the Stapleton Road Pottery 3.

It is not known when this Pottery was established.  Frederick Wildgoose traded as a brick and tile maker at 3 Easton Buildings, Easton Road, from 1852 to 1853, at 16 Victoria Place, Stapleton Road in 1854 and at 3 Regina Place, Stapleton Road from 1855 to 1856. The first reference to a Pottery was in 1857 at the Regina Place premises.

1857-68 Frederick Wildgoose ran the Stapleton Road Pottery 3.

Around 1865 Wildgoose let his Pottery to Alfred Niblett but that venture was unsuccessful and he seems to have taken back possession of the Pottery.  It appears that from 1861 Wildgoose may have also owned a brick and tile yard/pottery on St Philip’s Marsh.

The Pottery appears to have closed after 1868.

Born c1825 in St Philip’s Marsh (51C).

1851 Brick maker employing 3 men, lodging at 3 Easton Buildings, Easton Road, St Philip’s (26) (51C).
1852-53 Brick maker and tile maker, 3 Easton Buildings, Easton Road (MD).
1854 Brick and tile maker, 16 Victoria Place, Stapleton Road (MD).
1855-56 Brick and tile maker, 3 Regina Place, Stapleton Road (MD).
1857 21 Feb. A pottery was advertised for sale and this may have been the pottery he purchased, as he was working in Queen Street in 1860: ‘To potters, brickmakers, etc … to sell by auction, at the St Philip’s Pottery, Queen Street, Bristol, on Thursday next, the 26 February … The materials, etc., consisting of oven, recently erected upon an improved principle, slip kiln and conveniences, saggar makers bench and utensils, lathes, jiggers, a quantity of green saggars, moulds and models, several thousand fire bricks, and other articles suited to the trade’ (Bristol Mercury).
1857-59 Brown ware pottery, brick and tile maker, 3 Regina Place, Stapleton Road (MD).
1860 He exported earthenware and red ware to Guernsey and Jersey (PB-EXP).
 1860 14 Feb. ‘Stoneware and redware. Wholesale and retail purchasers of the above goods are respectfully informed that the best and cheapest place in Bristol for improved white-glazed stoneware and redware, of every description, is at F. Wildgoose’s stoneware pottery, Queen Street, Castle Street, Bristol. Where a good stock of every description of the above goods is constantly on sale. Flower pots, ornamental vases, etc., at remarkably low prices. Also some good seconds ware at half price’ (Western Daily Press).
1860 4 Jan. It was possibly his premises: ‘To let, a small manufactory for pottery work, with kiln, stove, wheel, drying rack, etc. Low rent. No Taxes. Apply at 40 Milk Street or 10 Pennywell Road’ (Western Daily Press).
1860 26 Nov. It was possibly his premises: ‘To be let with immediate possession. Premises situated in Queen Street and lately used as a pottery. Apply to Mr Hancock, painter, Bread Street, St Philip’s’ (Western Daily Press).
1860-61 Red ware, brick and tile maker, 3 Regina Place, Stapleton Road (MD).
1861 Brick and tile maker, Marsh, St Philip’s (KD).
1861 Brick and tile manufacturer employing 7 men and 4 boys, Regina Place, St Philip’s (36), living with his wife Elizabeth (20) born in St George and his daughter Ann Elizabeth (1) born in St Philip’s (61C).
1862 3 Feb. ‘Flower pots! Flower pots!! Flower pots !!! For sale, at a reduced price, a quantity of the above goods. Also some well made, hard burnt rhubarb and seakale pots, which may be seen and price known by applying at F. Wildgoose’s red ware pottery, St Philip’s Marsh’ (Western Daily Press).
1865 27 Oct. Tolzey Court: Wildgoose v. Niblett. The action was to recover the sum of £20.17s.3d. ‘It appeared from the evidence of the plaintiff that he was the proprietor of a brick and tile yard at St Philip’s Marsh, together with a pottery adjoining, and the defendant entered into a treaty to take to them. A valuer was  appointed, the brother of the plaintiff, with the consent of the defendant, and the goods taken were valued at £44 odd.  The defendant said he expected a legacy coming to his wife, and would pay the amount when he received that, but he did not receive it nor did he pay for the rent, and a distress for the latter was put in.  That distress was paid out, and afterwards the defendant requested plaintiff to take to the business again, promising to make up any difference that might be found between the stock then in the yard and the amount owed.  That difference was found to be £18.12s in favour of the plaintiff.  There were also six barrows of coal, 4s.6d, and an account for clay and bricks £2.0s.9d, making the total of £20.17s.3d. After several other witnesses had been called in support of the above statements [it was said] the arrangement entered into was that the defendant should pay for the burnt goods as he sold them, and for the rest at the rate of £1.5s a week.  There were a vast variety of green goods left, which was spoilt by the unneighbourly conduct of the plaintiff in taking off the roof of the house in which they were kept. Defendant admitted he owed £17, the value of the burnt goods he had sold, but against that he had set-off the value of the green goods remaining when the plaintiff took the premises the second time, over £20. Besides the defendant during his occupation made some burnt goods himself, and these of course he was entitled to sell for himself.  The recorder then summed up, and the jury returned a verdict for the plaintiff, for £15.2s.9d’ (Bristol Times & Mirror).
1868 11 Jan. There is a reference to Wildgoose’s Pottery where a bag had been stolen (Western Daily Press).
1868 Red ware, brick and tile maker, 3 Regina Place, Stapleton Road and St Philip’s Marsh (MD).
1871 Commission agent, 3 Regina Place, Stapleton Road, St Philip’s parish (45), living with his wife Ann (29), born in St George, and children Ann Elizabeth (11), Frederick (10), Florence (8), Henry (4) and Edward (1), all born in St Philip’s parish (71C).
1887 20 Dec. He died in St Marks Road, St George, aged 63 (Ancestry website).


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