Bristol’s Lost Pubs

The Bath Journal. August 31st 1902

The information on this page was kindly provided by Derek Skelton, Derek is the Great Great Grandson of John Skelton mentioned below at the Nelson Arms, Beechen Cliff.

The following list of breweries, coaching hotels and public houses which have fallen out of existence, as such in Bath, during the last sixty or seventy years will probably prove of considerable interest at the present juncture.


Williams’s, (Quay)
Northgate, (Pinchins)
Albion, (Brooke – Symes)
Bathwick, (Gray)
Anchor, Southgate Street, (Smith)
Walcot, (Smith – Baldwin)
Morford, (Dunn – Smallbone & Ashley)
Portland, (Bettison – Bracher)
Holloway, (Hibbard)
Norfolk, (Dredge – King)
St.George’s, (Cook – Arnold)
Bath, (Pinch, Hillman & Smith)
Smallcombe, (Newman & Coleraan)
Burlington, (Edwards)

Coaching Hotels.

Sydney Hotel, Sydney Gardens
White Hart, Stall Street
White Lion, Market Place
Lamb, Stall Street
Greyhound, Market Place
Three Cups, Northgate Street
Angel, bottom of Wells Road
Elephant & Castle. Monmouth Place

Public Houses.

Heart Encompassed, Cumberland Row
Times, Monmouth Street
Vicar’s Larder, Kingsmead Square
Wheel Chair, Kingsmead Square
Theatre Tavern, (North)
Black Dog, Talbot, Abbey Gate Street
Darby & Joan, 19 Guinea Lane
White Horse Cellar, Walcot
Hope & Anchor, Walcot
North Pole, Walcot
Globe, Long Acre, Walcot
World’s End, Walcot
Wiltshire House, Walcot
Queen Adelaide, Thomas Street
Crown, Market Place, (Mrs. Little)
White Lion Tap, Bridge Street
King’s Arms, Walcot Street
Hand & Shears, Walcot Street
George & Dragon, Walcot Street
Three Tuns, Stall Street
Saddler’s Arms, Stall Street
Bell, Stall Street
Spread Eagle, Southgate Street
Rose & Crown, Southgate Street
Plough, Southgate Street
Old Bath Arms, Southgate Street
Heart In Hand, Ambury
Duke Of York, Narrow Quay
Chequers, St.Michael’s Place
Victoria, Bridewell Lane
Sedan Chair, Bridewell Lane
Blacking Bottle, Bridewell Lane
French Horn, Crispin – Bell
Eagle, (Pieroni) Bath Street
Caledonian, Trim Street
Bathwick Tavern, Sydney Buildings
Rifleman’s Arms, Bathwick Street
Black Swan, Broad Street
Dolphin, Broad Street
Oddfellows’ Arms, Ainslies Buildings
Weymouth Arms, Julian Road
Bell, Julian Road
Menage Horse, Julian Road
Adam & Eve, High Street, Landsdown Road
Bell, 6 Ballance Street
Britannia, 28 Ballance Street
Tennis Court, 31 Morford Street
Dorset House, 9 Morford Street
Sun, Orange Grove
Cross Keys, Orange Grove
Abbey Hotel, Orange Street
Red Cow – Butchers’ Arms, Boatstall Lane
Grove Tavern
King’s Head, Bartlett Street
Galt’s, Mount Beacon
Kennington’s, Mount Beacon Row
Queen’s Arms – Sterling Tavern, Galloway Bridge
Duke Of Cambridge, Grove Street
Ostrich, Grove Street
Stag’s Head, Widcombe Parade
Newmarket Tavern, Newmarket Row
Unicorn, Northgate Street
Old Packhorse, Northgate Street
White Hart, James (New) Street
Lamb, Brookleaze Buildings
Printing Press, Oak Street (Erry)
Poulsford’s, 3 Burlington Place
Hawthorn Tree, Walcot Buildings
Pig & Whistle, Avon Street
Jolly Sailor, Avon Street
Smith’s Arms, Avon Street
Live & Let Live, Avon Street
Cat & Fiddle, Milk Street
Oddfellows’ Arms, 10 Albion Place
White Swan, 3 Lower Borough Walls
Bargeman’s Arms, Sydney Wharf
Hope & Anchor, 16 Corn Street
Nelson Arms, Beechen Cliff
This house is the villa on the right as you pass through the narrow passage between walls to come out on the terrace at the top of the cliff.
It was laid out as pleasure gardens and opened in May 1844, by a Mr. John Skelton, and became a favourite summer resort. Failing to obtain a spirit license it was only open a year or two.

Many of these died of inanition; some were closed by the discretion of the licensing magistrates; others were abolished to make improvements; and perhaps a few were shut at the instigation of the teetotalers.