Bristol’s Lost Pubs

Victoria Inn High Street

1882 – 88. J. Mitchell
1891 – 93. Alfred J. Bessant
1901 – 03. Frank Almond
1903 – 06. Sarah King
1911 – 23. Silas Maggs
1923 – 31. William Arthur Maggs
1935 – 38. Frank Smith

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Census 1891.

Alfred J. Bessant 54, head married, publican, Somerset Portishead
Mary A. Bessant 51, wife married, Monmouthshire Newport
Henry A. Bessant 26, son married, shipwright, Monmouthshire Newport
Mary L. Bessant 26, daughter in law married, Gloucester
Ralph J. Bessant 17, son single, dock labourer, Monmouthshire Newport
Alice M. Sully 3, granddaughter scholar, Monmouthshire Newport

Census 1901.

Frank Almond 46, head married, inn keeper, Bristol
Sarah King 48, widow, domestic housekeeper, Gloucestershire Thornbury
Philip Almond 18, son single, commercial clerk, Somerset Portishead
Leslie Almond 12, son, Somerset Street
Stanley Almond 10, son, Somerset Street

Census 1911.

Silas Maggs 50, head married, licensed victualler, Gloucestershire Winterbourne
Jane Maggs 57, wife married, Devonshire Bampton
William Arthur Maggs 23, son single, chemist assistant, Bristol
Lily Jane Maggs 19, daughter single, Bristol
Florence Maude Maggs 17, daughter single, Bristol
Frederick Copp Maggs 15, son single, errand boy, Bristol
Albert John Maggs 14, son school, Bristol

The 1911 census reveals that not counting the scullery, landing, lobby, closet, bathroom; nor warehouse, office or shop, the Victoria had 12 rooms.