Bristol’s Lost Pubs

Victoria Arms James Street

George Bayley took over the tenancy of the Victoria from his brother Edward on the 9th May 1945, the annual rent was £40, George also paid £140 for fixtures and fittings, and £9.10.0. owed to the brewery by his brother for dilapidations. Based on improvements carried out, the rent was increased to £55 per annum in September 1953. The landlord was The Bristol United Breweries Limited.

Inventory of fixtures, fittings, trade furniture and trade utensils etc. at the Victoria, James Street, Mina Road, Bristol. 3rd May 1945.

Mahogany top counter as fixed with return end, shelves, drawers, door, flap and extra stand
Washup and drainer
Stand on counter for glasses
Beer horse for 4 barrels with draining board fixed
1 cork drawer fixed to county
1 copper funnel
6 brass taps
8 stools
1 smoking armchair
seating as fixed
2 small oblong tables
1 eight day clock
Curtains to casks on beer horse
3 brass gas bars in windows
2 electric light fittings and globes
1 gas fire

Smoke Room.
Seating as fixed
1 crossed legged table
1 dart board
1 wooden form
1 electric light fixture with extension to dart board
1 electric light fixture in lavatory

Private Bar.
Counter as fixed with door, flap and shelves
Fixed seating
1 pewter washup and drainer with water tap
shelving behind counter
Set of shelves as fixed with 2 mirrored panels
2 ware wine kegs “port” and “sherry”
1 national cash register No.972672/348
8 stools
3 round top tables
1 smoking armchair
1 brass gas bar in window
Small beer horse under stairs
2 electric light fixtures and globes
4 electric lights in windows of bars
1 electric light in lavatory
6 electric fixtures in other parts of house
The linoleum in bars is of little or no value

The wooden structure used as store for bottled goods
Neon sign fixture

I hereby declare that I have paid the sum of £140 in respect of the above items which I undertake to maintain in good conditiion. On the termination of my tenancy I will transfer them to my successor at a fair price not exceeding the said £140 plus any necessary additions, less shortages and depreciation. In case of disagreement I agree to abide by the decision of a valuer acting for both parties who shall be chosen from three reputable valuers named by The Bristol United Breweries Limited.

Census 1881.

James Burcher 53, head married, beer traveller, Somerset Taunton
Mary Burcher 48, wife married, beer seller, Somerset Chard
Eliza Light 18, servant unmarried, domestic servant, Somerset Chew Magna

Census 1891.

James Edwin Bayley 21, head married, publican, Bristol St.Philip’s
Charlotte H. Bayley 21, wife married, Bristol St.Paul’s

Census 1901.

James Bayley 31, head married, beer retailer, Bristol
Charlotte Bayley 31, wife married, Bristol
James Bayley 9, son, Bristol
Jack Bayley 7, son, Bristol
Ellen Bayley 6, daughter, Bristol
George Bayley 6, son, Bristol
Stephen 4, son, Bristol
Edward Bayley 2, son, Bristol
Jane Poole 19, cousin, domestic servant, Bristol

Census 1911.

James E. Bayley 42, father married, beer retailer, Bristol
Charlotte Bayley 41, mother married, Bristol
James Bayley 19, son single, tailor with Wills & Co. wholesale clothiers, born Bristol
John Bayley 17, son single, clerk with the Norwich fire insurance company, born Bristol
Ellen Bayley 16, daughter at home, born Bristol
George Bayley 16, son single, house painter with Mr. Waterman, Gloucester Road Horfield, born Bristol
Stephen Bayley 14, son, baker’s errand boy with Mitchell’s Dairy, Cheltenham Road, born Bristol
Edward Bayley 12, son, Bristol
Landsdown Bayley 2, son, Bristol
Eileen Bayley 8 months, daughter, Bristol
Ellen Hurley 21, servant single, Pilton near Shepton Mallett