Bristol’s Lost Pubs

Wellington Arms Wellington Park

Bristol Museum collections

1861. Ann Waters
1863. Edward Godwin
1865 – 79. David Davies
1881 – 86. Edward Leat
1887 – 1901. Edwin Martin
1904 – 38. Alfred Martin
1939 – 44. Ada Griffiths
1950 – 58. Ada Gardner

Part of an email from Dave Knowles … “I recall that there was a pub in wellington park, (off Blackboy Hill), called the wellington, I think it closed in the fifties, and consisted of a single front bar, there was a well known (and smelly) fishmongers virtually next door called Lloyds”.

The following information was provided by John Gardner .…
My mother, Ada Griffiths, was the joint landlord of the Wellington Arms with her brother Bill before the war. After the war her brother became landlord of the Rising Sun down on the Feeder, another lost pub. My mother married my father, Arthur, in order to keep the licence as women were not allowed to hold licences for pubs back then. I was born in the Wellington Arms in 1949 and lived there with my Mother and Father until 1958 when Courage’s Brewery bought out Georges’ Brewery and closed the pub. It is now a private house with no sign of it ever having been a pub. We moved to the Sugar Loaf on St Mark’s Road in Eastville which my parents ran until 1965. That pub is still going strong.

Census 1861.

Ann Waters 60, head married, beer retailer, Monmouthshire Usk
Thomas Waters 22, son unmarried, mariner, Clifton
Annie Williams 17, granddaughter unmarried, Clifton

Census 1871.

David Davies 48, head married, publican, Narbeth Pembrokeshire
Ann Davies 40, wife married, Newton St.Clove Somerset
Frederick Davies 9, son, Bristol
Alfred Davies 7, son, Bristol
Rose Davies 5, daughter, Bristol
George Davies 2, son, Bristol

Census 1881.

Edward Leat 30, head unmarried, publican, Westbury on Trym

Census 1891.

Edwin Martin 37, head married, publican (Wellington Arms), Clifton Bristol
Mary Martin 41, wife married, Fleet Lincolnshire
Edwin Steele Martin 15, son, printer, Clifton Bristol
Alfred George Martin 15, bookbinder, Clifton Bristol
Maud Mary Martin 11, daughter scholar, Clifton Bristol
Adelaide Elizabeth Martin 15, niece, Clifton Bristol

Census 1901.

Edwin Martin 47, head married, beer retailer, Clifton Bristol
Mary Martin 56, wife married, Fleet Lincolnshire
Alfred Martin 23, son married, assistant (barman), Clifton Bristol
Mary Marrtin 27, daughter in law married, Maiden Newton Dorset

Census 1911.

Alfred George Martin 33, head married, beer retailer, Bristol
Mary Martin 37, wife married, assistant, Dorset Cattistock
Annie Maud Critchell 7, niece, school, Somerset Ashington
Frances Louise Bailey 21, servant single, general domestic servant, Bristol