Bristol’s Lost Pubs

Prince Albert St.George’s Road
On the corner with Bellington Lane opposite the Horse & Groom public house, the Prince Albert was pulled down in May 1966, the site is now part of the Council House car park. The pub is viewed here from St.George’s Road.

1851. M. A. Evans
1851. Robert Elkins
1856 – 66. Thomas Bishop
1868 – 69. Caroline Bishop
1871 – 85. William Landsdown
1886. H. Tripp
1887 – 93. Benjamin Pink
1896 – 99. Thomas Gould
1901 – 06. Thomas Kerswell
1909 – 17. Samuel John Shepherd
1918 – 31. Catherine Shepherd
1935 – 61. Reginald Shepherd
1961. Grace Victoria Shepherd

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The following information was kindly provided by Shirley Dawson:
“My grandmother Grace Victoria Shepherd was the last Licensee of the Prince Albert. She took over the pub after my Grandfather’s death (Reginald Shepherd). At the time of the compulsory purchase by Bristol City Council the pub had been run by different family members for around fifty five years. It was a sad day for the family.
As a matter of interest the pub’s address changed from Beddington, Bellington, Bendon Lane also Lime Kiln lane and St.George’s Road in Census records 1841 – 1911. In the 1851 Census Maria Elkins was a beerhouse keeper at 1 Beddington Lane. While the 1871 Census records show that William Landsdown was already a publican at the property and in his era it was called the Prince Alfred at 1 Bendon Lane”.

Census 1851.

Robert Elkins 30, head married, formerly a waiter now a beerhouse keeper, Dorset Sturminster
Maria Elkins 32, wife married, beerhouse keeper, Somerset Axbridge

Census 1871.

William Landsdown 51, head married, publican, Henbury Gloucestershire
Elizabeth Landsdown 50, wife married, Bitton Gloucestershire
W. I. Landsdown 18, son unmarried, cutler out of employment, Bristol
Charles Landsdown 14, son scholar, Bristol
Alfred G. Landsdown 11, son scholar, Bristol
Frank Landsdown 9, son scholar, Clifton
Mrs. Thompson 28, servant married, cook, Saltford Somerset
Clara Harris 19, servant unmarried, housemaid, St.Augustine Bristol
Henry Neptune 32, boarder widower, labourer, Nunney near Frome
Mrs. O ?? 48, boarder widow, general servant, Bristol

Census 1881.
The Prince Alfred

William Landsdown 66, head married, Beer Retailer, Henbury Gloucestershire
Elizabeth Landsdown 56, wife married, Chew Magna Somerset
Horatio Smith 24, boarder unmarried, coachman, Bristol St Augustine

Census 1891.

Benjamin J. Pink 49, head married, beer house keeper, Hampshire Gosport
Jane A. Pink 35, wife married, Bristol
Daisy R. Pink 13, daughter scholar, Hampshire Southampton
William C. Pink 12, son scholar, Southampton
Albert Pink 10, son scholar, Bristol
James Baily 31, lodger, barman, Bristol

Census 1901.

Thomas Kerswell 35, head married, publican, Devon Plymouth
Annie Kerswell 35, wife married, Somerset Weston
Louise Kerswell 12, daughter, Bristol
Willie Kerswell 10, son, Bristol
Cecil Kerswell 7, son, Bristol
George Kerswell 4, son, Bristol

Census 1911.

Samuel John Shepherd 57, head married, decorator now beer retailer, Nailsea Somerset
Catherine Annie Shepherd 46, wife married, Clutton Somerset
Winifred Kate Shepherd 16, daughter single, apprentice type writer, Bristol
Reginald John Shepherd 14, son, school, Bristol
Bertie Norman 13, son school, Bristol
Leslie James Shepherd 9, son, school, Bristol