just struck me as a coincidence that the mention of the year that Coate's opened his cider factory in Nailsea of 1788, was also the date that John Robert Lucas opened his bottle and window glass making, two furnace glassworks, in the same town. He'd already had experience of glass making in Bristol apparently.
He'd be shot today, building as he did on a green field site, but we'd not now worry about his poaching staff from an established glasshouse in Bristol, but which at the time cost him an appearance in court. Obviously back then they viewed enticement of journeymen and workers as a major sin.
His Nailsea works was very successful, enabling him to die a very rich man, and it seems that by 1835 his glassworks was the fourth largest in the country (don't think they meant county), and his gamble of sticking to utility wares such as window glass and bottles was a very wise decision.
But all good things come to an end, and his Nailsea furnaces eventually became cold in 1874, due to consolidation of the industry in areas of better materials plus the failure of his locally sourced coal. The site is now a Tesco store.
It's tempting to think that John Robert Lucas may well have supped on occasions from a glass of Coate's cider.