Bristol’s Lost Pubs

Gaping Goose Wellington Terrace

1831 to 1837. William Summers
1837 to 1865. Catherine Summers
1866. Sarah Varcoe
1867 to 1872. Thomas Varcoe
1873 to 1875. Garland C. Bussey
1876 to 1887. John Randall
1888. Lilly Stephens
1891. Arthur England
1891. Hannah Rosindell
1892. Samuel Mitchell
1894. Walter Perry
1896. Mrs. Andrews
1899. H. N. Patmore
1901. John Charles Hobbs
1904. Thomas Dando

William Summers was previously trading at this address as a boot & shoe maker. The pub sign shows a worn out old boot with a gaping toe, known as a gaping goose.

Postcard, Bristol’s Lost Pubs collection

Census 1841.

Catherine Summers 54, beer house, not born in county
Samuel Summers 18, labourer, born in county
Mary Summers 17, born in county
George Summers 4, born in county

Census 1851.

Catherine Somers 64, head widow, publican, Cornwall Sandbury
Samuel Somers 30, son unmarried, labourer, Clifton
George Somers 13, grandson, Clifton
Sarah Varcoe 20, servant unmarried, house servant, Cornwall St.Austell

Census 1861.

Cath Summers 75, head widow, publican, Cornwall
Sarah Varcoe 30, niece unmarried, publican’s assistant, Cornwall St.Blazey
Matthew Lamb 42, boarder married, carpenter, Pembroke Pembrokeshire
Charles Woodley 26, boarder unmarried, gardener, Devon
Gus Vincent 21, boarder unmarried, shoemaker, Gloucestershire Clifton
Eliza Wood 20, visitor unmarried, servant, Gloucestershire Clifton
Mary A. Wood 18, visitor unmarried, laundress, Gloucestershire Clifton

Census 1871.

Thomas Varcoe 43, head married, inn keeper, Cornwall
Jane Varcoe 37, wife married, inn keeper’s wife, Cornwall
Tom Varcoe 17, son unmarried, printer’s compositor, Cornwall
Annie Varcoe 9, daughter scholar, Cornwall
Harry E. Varcoe 7, son scholar, Cornwall
George H. Varcoe 7, son scholar, Cornwall
Elizabeth J. Varcoe 5, daughter scholar, Cornwall
Frederick W. Varcoe 4, son scholar, Bristol Clifton
Mary O. Varcoe 9 months, daughter, Bristol Clifton
Rebecca Bell 15, servant unmarried, general domestic servant, Bridgwater

Census 1881.

John Randall 30, head married, beer house keeper, Biggleswade Bedfordshire
Mary A. Randall 40, wife married, Lopham Norfolk
James Randall 15, son, watch maker, Swansea
Harry Randall 8, son scholar, Cardiff
Lucy Randall 2, daughter, Clifton Bristol
Maud Randall 3 months, daughter, Clifton Bristol

Census 1891.

Hannah M. Rosindell 47, head single, beer house keeper, London Hackney
Lily E. Langfield 22, servant single, general servant, Wiltshire Ramsbury

Census 1901.

John C. Hobbs 66, head married, publica, Gosport
Caroline M. Hobbs 24, daughter, barmaid, Southgate London
Henry Nicholas 66, boarder married, domestic waiter, Ilfracombe