Captain Jolliffe - A Seventeenth Century Mariner

The document below dates from around 1700 and lists the local clay pit owners in the seventeenth century and the amount that Captain Jolliffe charged to transport their clay by sea. This may be the same Captain Jolliffe who was awarded a gold medal by King William lll for bravery in capturing a French privateer off the Purbeck coast. I am trying to locate the Clay Pit owner called ‘Gould’ to determine if his pit was near Sandford. The entry for Gould reads,

'Gould has clay of his own about 1 mile and 1/2 or more from Wareham, he carries it to Wareham Bridge and sends it afterwards by the Boats to the Shipps at the same rates that Hayter gives.'

The end of the document gives an interesting insight into the clay industry in the area,

'Clay att this time yields from 14s to 18s per Tun in London. The freight to London is 7s per tun. Christins clay costs him 2s 6d per tun digging and throwing out and pays 6 (Hoote?) from the surface. There are no clay merchants that buy the cargoes from the Shipps and (take?) it out to the Potters and Pipemakers. The Potters and Pipemakers buy from the Shipps and what they don’t buy off in 6 days is putt into a cellar and sold out. They buy at all times of the year but credit must be given frequently which now and then is attended with (police?), and sometime, tho not often, the ships and cargo are lost. There must be an agent kept always in London to dispose of the clay before its sent up, and to attend the clay cellar.'

Captain Jolliffe's dealings with Clay Pit Owners

Captain Jolliffe's account of his dealings with local pit owners.

(Provided courtesy of the Dorset History Centre)

 

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