Bristol’s Lost Pubs

Britannia Inn Piccadilly Placel, London Road

1822 – 30. John Turner
1839 – 41. Joseph Turner
1844. George Blake
1851. Charles Godwin
1856. William King
1861. Guy Perry
1864 – 72. Robert Gale
1876. Frederick West
1881. William J. Bence
1884. Frederick Woodward
1889 – 95. John W. Gaston
1900 – 02. Henry S. Wyatt
1906. Albert E. French
1911 – 12. Albert Nation
1914 – 19. Harry Gigg
1923. F. Merrick
1931 – 50. Robert William Webb

Originally the Hanover Hotel, the Britannia was more recently known as the Piccadilly Ale House. This picture was kindly provided by Janice Alesna who hopes that further research will identify the little boy as her grandfather Albert William Nation, the gentleman in the picture is thought to be the lad’s uncle Albert. If you have an interest in the surname of Nation you can visit Janice’s web site (

Census 1841.

Joseph Turner 30, publican, born in county
Mary Turner 30, born in county
John Palmer 90, army pensioner, born in county

Census 1861.

Guy Perry 22, head married, publican, Gloucestershire Doynton
Susan Perry 22, wife married, publican’s wife, Devon
William Perry 49, father widower, blacksmith, Gloucestershire Doynton
Mary Mitchell 21, sister in law unmarried, Devon
Ellen Todd 18, servant unmarried, house servant, Wiltshire Lacock

Census 1871.

Robert Gale 61, head married, licensed victualler, Somersetshire Wells
Ester Gale 68, wife married, Somersetshire Wells
Sarah Gale 27, niece unmarried, Somersetshire Bath

Census 1881.

William J. Bence 25, head married, lincensed victualler, Bath
Mary Bence 28, wife married, Bath
Elizabeth Bence 20 months, daughter, Bath
Alice Hillier 15, servant unmarried, domestic servant, Dunkerton

Census 1891.

John W. Gaston 34, head married, inn keeper, Sussex Brighton
Julia Gaston 32, wife married, Wiltshire Winsley

Census 1901.

Henry S. Wyatt 39, head married, inn keeper, Bath Somerset
Charles E. Wyatt 7, son, Bath Somerset
Lydia Jannell 38, servant single, house keeper, Bristol
Elizabeth Purnall 16, servant single, Midsomer Norton Somerset