Bristol’s Lost Pubs

Commercial (Inn) Hotel Portland Street

1847 – 54. John Crane
1855 to 1872. Mary Crane
1873 to 1877. John C. Crane
1877 to 1881. Annie E. Crane
1882. W. T. Sweet
1883. Mrs. Hellon
1885 – 87. Caroline King
1889. George Silcocks
1890. Emma May Matthews
1891. Samuel Matthews
1892. Harriet Poland
1894. Edward Phillips
1896 – 1904. James Perry
1906. Mary Ann Perry
1909 – 11. James Chaplin
1914. Daniel Sims
1917 – 21. Emmeline Winifred Peach
1925 – 28. Jessie Agnes Pearce
1931. William Gillard
1932. Kate Matilda Gillard
1933 – 50. John Frederick Weedy
1953 – 56. Sarah Elizabeth Bishop

The tenancy of Kate Gillard commenced on the 29th September 1932, the rent was £40 per annum and the landlord was The Bristol Brewery Georges & Co. Limited. In 1933 the rent paid by John Weedy was £40 per annum, this was raised to £50 in March 1938, the landlord was The Bristol Brewery Georges & Co. Ltd. On the corner with Waterloo Street, the building was later a jeweller’s shop. The above photograph was kindly provided by Peter Sims

Census 1851.

John Crane 33, head married, inn keeper, Bristol
Mary Crane 45, wife married, Gloucestershire Shirehampton
Joseph John Crane 8, son, Bristol
John C. Crane 7, son, Bristol
Charles F. Crane 3, son, Bristol Clifton
Elizabeth Williams 20, servant unmarried, house servant, Gloucestershire Frampton Cotterell
Elizabeth Rawlings 15, servant unmarried, house servant, Bristol
James Complin 30, lodger unmarried, brewer, Hampshire Alresford
Elizabeth Teel 45, lodger unmarried, servant, Nottinghamshire Nottingham
Elizabeth Brindle 68, lodger widow, annuitant, Wales
Thomas Evans 44, lodger unmarried, house & land agent, Cardigan
William Sprague 20, lodger unmarried, coachmaker’s apprentice, Bristol Clifton
Lucy Stevens 22, lodger unmarried, servant out of place, Shepton Mallett Somerset
Mary Stevens 1 month, Bristol Clifton

Census 1861.

Mary Crane 54, head widow, beer retailer, Gloucestershire Kingsweston
John C. Crane 16, son unmarried, merchant’s clerk, Bristol
Ellen Ricketts 27, servant unmarried, barmaid, place of birth not recorded

Census 1871.
Commercial Inn

Mary Crane 66, head widow, inn keeper, Gloucestershire Kingsweston
Henry Thompson 31, son unmarried, commercial traveller unemployed, Bristol Clifton
William Palmer 68, brother widower, tailor, Gloucestershire Kingsweston
Emma Sharks 47, servant widow, barmaid, Bristol
Ann Brunsdon 21, servant unmarried, general servant, Gloucestershire Cirencester
Unknown female lodger, about 30

Census 1881.
Commercial Inn

Annie E. Crane 34, head widow, licensed victualler, Clifton
George Bamfield 32, lodger unmarried, confectioner, Clifton
George Clarke 39, lodger widower, traveller, Essex
Albert Hodges 28, lodger unmarried, traveller, Herefordshire
Hannah M. Pearce 21, servant unmarried, barmaid, Wiltshire
Thomas C. Crane 12, son scholar, Clifton
John Crane 9, son scholar, Clifton
Kate Fowler 22, servant unmarried, general servant, Bristol

Census 1891.
Commercial Hotel

Samuel Matthews 39, head married, licensed victualler, Staffordshire
Emma M. Matthews 49, wife married, Somersetshire Congresbury
Henry Howard 82, father in law married, carpenter, Somerset Wraxall
Letitia Howard 79, mother in law married, Somerset Congresbury
Henry Williams 22, lodger single, collar man, Clifton Bristol

Census 1901.

James Perry 69, head married, publican, Speen Berkshire
Marian Perry 54, wife married, Bideford North Devon
Ellen Boatfield 51, sister single, draper’s assistant, Bideford North Devon
Emily Woodward 16, servant single, domestic servant, Tytherington Gloucestershire

Census 1911.

James Chaplin 37, head married, hotel keeper, Stogumber Somerset, naturalised British subject
Agnes Chaplin 37, wife married, Clevedon Somerset, naturalised British subject