Bristol’s Lost Pubs

Bear Hotel Love Street – Hotwell Road

Bristol Museum collections

On the 25th March 1889 the Bear Inn was taken on a 21 year lease at a rent of £55 per annum by James Lockley, brewer of Lewin’s Mead. The lease was one of 22 sold by James Lockley to Bristol United Breweries Limited on the 25th March 1892 for the total sum of £11,000.

1775. ? Brotherton
1794. Thomas Yeo
1800. Charles Grogan
1806. Sarah Sloper
1816. William Roach
1820 – 30. William Howell
1832 – 44. Thomas R. Cooper
1849. Thomas Ward
1851 – 55. William Walters
1859 – 65. George Lane
1867. Elizabeth Lane
1868 – 69. Richard Harris
1871 – 74. John Morgan
1875 to 1876. Robert Cotton
1877 – 89. John Rich
1891. Frederick Dawes
1892 – 96. Emma Maria Simms
1897. Ellen Emily Nichols
1899. Richard Thorne
1900. Edwin Coker
1901. Mary Coker
1904. Joseph Francis
1906 – 21. Charles J. J. Francis
1925. Elizabeth Francis
1928 – 31. John Kington
1935 – 50. Esther Kington
1953 – 56. Alfred W. McGill
1960. C. E. Hunt
1975. L. A. Viner

Census 1841.
Bear Inn

Thomas Cooper 45, victualler, born in county
Caroline Cooper 40, born in county
Caroline Cooper 20, born in county
Matilda Cooper 15, born in county
Harriett Cooper 15, born in county
Christopher Cooper 4, born in county
Mary Ward 13, servant, born in county

Census 1851.
Bear Inn

William Walters 54, head married, master mariner, Monmouthshire Chepstow
Ann Walters 52, wife married, Monmouthshire
William Walters 18, son unmarried, mariner, Gloucestershire Clifton
George Walters 15, son, steam packet steward, Gloucestershire Clifton
Thomas Walters 13, son scholar, Gloucestershire Clifton
J. M. Fisher 28, visitor married, independent, place of birth not known
M. S. Fisher 22, wife married, place of birth not known
R. Fisher 6, son, place of birth not known
E. Fisher 3, daughter, place of birth unknown

Census 1861.

George Lane 45, head married, licensed victualler, Monmouthshire Newport
Elizabeth Lane 31, wife married, Monmouthshire Newport
William Lane 11, son, Clifton
Alice Lane 5, daughter, Clifton
Thomas Lane 6 months, son, Clifton
William Walters 64, wifes father married, master mariner, Monmouthshire Chepstow
Mary A. Day 23, servant unmarried, Clifton
Michael Heely 25, boarder unmarried, victualler, Ireland

Census 1871.
Bear Hotel

John Morgan 34, head married, licensed victualler, Bridgeyate Gloucestershire
Sarah Morgan 39, wife married, Bristol
George Morgan 13, son scholar, Bristol
Alice Morgan 10, daughter scholar, Bristol
Rosina Morgan 6, daughter scholar, Bristol
Albert E. Morgan 4, son scholar, Bristol

Census 1881.

John Rich 60, head married, licensed victualler, Somerset Stoke St.Michael
Mary Ann Rich 49, wife married, City of London
Henry Rich 19, son unmarried, private accountant, Gloucestershire Westbury on Trym
Ann Haizleton 66, boarder widow, Bristol
Caroline A. Rowland 23, servant unmarried, barmaid, Bristol
Lena Carpenter 18, servant unmarried, domestic servant, Somerset
Henry Tanner 28, visitor unmarried, tanner, Somerset

Census 1891.

Fred C. Dawes 31, head single, son, licensed victualler, Bristol
Harriet Dawes 54, mother widow, housekeeper, Somerset Nailsea
Emily H. Dawes 38, sister widow, living on own means, Bristol
Alice E. Dawes 24, sister single, dressmaker’s forewoman, Bristol
Beatrice A. Dawes 16, sister single, assists in bar, Bristol
Gertrude A. Dawes 15, sister, apprentice dressmaker, Bristol
Elsie Maria Thomas 9, niece scholar, Bristol

Census 1901.

Edwin Coker 51, head married, shipwright, Bristol
Mary J. Coker 39, wife married, licensed victualler, Bristol
Laura M. Coker 21, daughter single, waitress, Bristol
John C. Coker 15, son, Bristol
Carrie Coker 13, daughter, Bristol
Florence Coker 9, daughter, Bristol
Albert E. Hemming 28, servant single, barman, Gloucester Gloucestershire

Census 1911.

Charles Joseph James Francis 49, head married, licensed victualler, Bristol Clifton
Fanny Francis 49, wife married, assisting in the business, Bristol St,Philip’s
Susanna Bull 19, servant single, general domestic servant, Pill Somerset
The census reveals that not counting the scullery, landing, lobby, closet, bathroom; nor warehouse, office or shop, the Bear Hotel had 15 rooms.