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Page history last edited by Peter Tipton 9 years, 11 months ago

Richard Trigg, Potter of Hawley, buried 30 Jan 1655

Page prepared by Peter Tipton, 2006, revised March 2013 



Richard Trigg, the potter, was a relatively young man when he died.  His father, John Trigg the elder witnessed his will, his wife Joan and brother John Trigg the younger were all alive, and his son John was not yet 21 when Richard prepared his will.  His  burial at St Peter‘s Yateley was recorded in the parish burial registers stating he lived in Hawley.  The registers also record that "Sarah the daughter of John Trigge of Hawley" was buried on 18 April 1640, 15 years before Richard Trigg the potter.  Sarah must have been the daughter of John Trigg the elder because John Trigg the younger did not marry until 24 Sep 1642.  The latter's bride was Margaret Gunner, having a potter surname from Frimley.  John Trigg the younger was buried at St Peter's in July 1686.  "Margaret, the wife of John Trigg" was buried the same year. 


The Trigg family lived on in Yateley, the last entry in the registers being a marriage in 1892.  In the 17th century there were many Triggs in this area, including in Aldershot, Crondall, Farnham and Seale. At this stage we do not know whether other members of the Trigg family were potters.


Richard and his brother John were probably born between 1610-1620, making Richard about 40 when he died. His brother John may have been in his 70s when he died.  Although he died relatively young Richard Trigg did have some status in life.  Both his 'loving friends', whom he made the overseers of his will, were gentleman: Lawrence Watts and Gilbert Poulson.  Gilbert's father was Mr Robert Poulson of Clewer who owned, probably as an investment, Bramshott, a large ancient farm in Hawley tithing.  Lawrence Watts' family had lived in Yateley for centuries. They had close connections with the local potters, and some family members were potters in other parishes.  Lawrence Watts owned the large ancient farm of Southwood, but he seems to have had business connections in London which ave not yet been unravelled.


Richard Trigg would have become an apprentice, at the earliest around 1625, so he was probably part of the continuing expansion of the industry at that period, perhaps serving his apprenticeship in Cove, which was then expaning rapidly.


The crucial questions to answer are:

  • Did he operate the kiln excavated by Felix Holling & John Ashdown now underneath the 'Old Malthouse', one of the listed buildings in Chapel Lane?  Holling dated this kiln to the first half 17th century.
  • With whom was he apprenticed?
  • Were his father and brother potters, and/or other members of the Trigg family living in other communities?
  • Were there other potteries in Hawley which have not yet been physically discovered.  Arthur Pullen was a Hawley potter. Did he work with Richard Trigg or have a different pottery of his own?
  • In 1586 a Richard Trigg paid lay subsidy in Kingsley, an older potter community. Did the Triggs migrate to the Blackwater Valley, bringing their skills and trade with them?


Since Hawley was a tithing in the ancient Yateley parish of Yateley, and lay within the Manor and Hundred of Crondall it should be possible to trace the owners and occupiers of Chapel Lane from the known locational reference point of the 1844 Tithe Map, back through the manorial court books, and taxation records to the 1650s.

This project is now underway and you can follow the progress on Twitter @BorderWareCeram



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