Bristol’s Lost Pubs

Armada Broadmead

1775. John Cordis
1792. William Hopkins
1794. David Jones
1800. William Perrin
1806. Robert Tovey
1816. James Betts
1820 – 23. Thomas Richards
1826. M. Richards
1828 – 30. William Dalby
1832. David Webb
1833. Nathaniel Aldham
1834 to 1841. John Knight
1841 to 1849. Joseph Knight
1850. Thomas Boatswain
1851 to 1856. Mary Boatswain
1857 to 1865. George Bowden
1866 to 1868. Thomas Hollyman
1869 to 1871. Edward Jones
1872. George Pitman
1874 – 75. James Hewitt
1876 – 77. John Moffatt
1879 – 80. Mary Hopkins
1881 to 1885. William Whitaker
1886. J. Witcombe
1887. James Slade
1888. Charles Stream
1889. Matthew Hughes

1891 – 96. William Puddy
1897. Henry Barnes
1899. Ellen Mills
1900 – 01. Florence Pullin
1901. Gertrude Mills
1904. Sarah Bishop
1906 – 09. Horace Gibb
1911 – 14. William Berry
1917 – 21. Stanley Wall
1924 – 49. Lilian Jones
1949 – 53. Stanley Hewett Forse

Bristol Museum

Near the corner with Old King Street, the Armada, previously known as the Ship was pulled down during the 1950s redevelopment of the area.

The tenancy of Stanley Forse commenced on the 21st October 1949, the rent was £40 per annum and the landlord was The Bristol Brewery Georges & Co. Limited. Thomas Richards also traded as a gun maker at No. 2 St.Thomas Street.

An email from Karen Cook in Kansas:
About 30 years ago I acquired an old photo album from my great-aunt’s house in east Texas. In the album were many letters written in the late 1890s from a Mrs. William Puddy of the Hotel Armada in Bristol, to her good friend Fannie Bliss in Pennsylvania. I used to spend hours wondering about what the Hotel Armada was. Today my daughter found the old album and looked through the letters. I checked the internet to see if I could find anything and discovered your website. I was sorry to discover that the Hotel Armada, American Bar, Broadmead, Bristol (that’s the printed return address on the envelopes), was torn down in the 1950s. But it was nice to see it on your website and William Puddy listed as proprietor.

Census 1841.

Joseph Knight 30, victualler, born in county
Charlotte Knight 30, born in county
Jane Knight 8, born in county
Charles Knight 6, born in county
Ruth Knight 2, born in county
Jane Barber 15, servant, not born in county
Robert Ware 45, brightsmith, born in county
Henry Norton 40, labourer, born in county
Christopher Wagner 50, musician, foreign
Fred’ Wagner 25, musician, foreign
Henry Wagner 20, musician, foreign
Christian Wagner 17, musician, foreign
Christopher Wagner 24, musician, foreign
Fred’ Wagner 15, musician, foreign

Census 1851.

Mary Boatswain 35, head married, publican, Dorset Potisham
Margaret Welsh 32, servant unmarried, general servant, Waterford Ireland
Reuben Williams, lodger unmarried, general servant, Somersetshire

Census 1861.

George Bowden 31, head married, victualler, Gloucestershire Bristol
Ellen Bowden 40, wife married, victuallers wife, Ireland
Mary Bowden 69, mother married, Somersetshire Shepton Mallet
Mary Connor 17, servant unmarried, house servant, Ireland
William Gee 61, lodger unmarried, coach trimmer, Middlesex London

Census 1871.

Edward Jones 29, head married, publican manager, Bristol
Louisa Jones 33, wife married, Kent Woolwich
Henry G. Jones 5 months, son, Bristol
Maria Keay 24, sister in law unmarried, assistant manager, Kent Woolwich

Census 1881.

William Whitaker 58, head married, licensed victualler, Dorset Sherborne
Ellen Whitaker 51, wife married, Wiltshire Blunsdon
Frederick Thomas Whitaker 25, son unmarried, accountant, Dorset Sherborne
Frank James Whitaker 16, son accountant, Gloucestershire Cinderford
Maud Edith Cook 21, servant unmarried, barmaid, Gloucestershire Yate

Census 1891.

William C. Puddy 45, head married, hotel proprietor, Bristol
Charlotte Puddy 45, wife married, Bristol
Temperance Barton 18, servant single, barmaid, Gloucestershire Stoke Gifford
Henry C. Thompson 40, boarder married, comedian, Oxfordshire Banbury
Mary Thompson 38, boarder married, actress, Thorpe Manderville Northamptonshire
Percy Thompson 16, vocalist and instrumentalist, Thorpe Manderville Northamptonshire

Census 1901.

Henry Thomas Pullin 31, head married, public house, Bristol
Florence Lucretia Pullin 24, wife married, Walsall Staffordshire
Gertrude Emma Mills 23, sister in law single, licensed victualler, Walsall Staffordshire
William Walter Mills 20, brother in law single, warehouseman, Bristol
Walter Frederick Mills 18, brother in law, waiter (inn) Bristol
Bertie Edgar Mills 11, brother in law, Bristol
Walter Henry Pullin 10 months, son, Bristol

Census 1911.

William Berry 49, head married, licensed victualler, Taunton Somerset
Rose Berry 47, wife married, assisting in bar, Tiverton Devon
Lilly Whitter 31, servant single, domestic servant, Tiverton Devon