A 1954 newspaper cutting, from Keith Hobbs of Ontario.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hobbs, 57, Mansfield Road, Bedminster, will receive many congratulations
on their diamond wedding anniversary tomorrow. During the time he was licensee at
the Beer Cask, Pennywell Road, Mr Hobbs trained in his own gymnasium nearly all the
leading Bristol boxers of the time, including Bert Kirby, flyweight champion of England
in 1930. He took over at the East Street Tavern about 1900* and after six years
there, moved to the Beer Cask where he was licensee for 36 years before his retirement.
those years in addition to Bert Kirby, boxers who trained at his gymnasium included
George Rose, Albert Jennings, Jack Dale and Harry Mansfield. “Things have changed
since the old days” he said. “Then £10 was a big purse for a boy to get in a fight.”
Boxing is not Mr. Hobbs’s only sport. He helped to train several Bristol Rugby Club
players. He saw the world single sculls rowing championship on the Thames in 1889.
Five times out of seven, his quoits team won the Bristol and District Table Quoits
championship. He has seen 22 Grand Nationals, including one run in a snowstorm in
He remembers the floods of 1889 when he rowed a boat along Broadmead. He remembers
seeing his brother off as apprentice in a windjammer. This brother is now living
at Birkenhead and holds awards for bravery presented to him after he and another
man had rowed 60 people to safety from a wreck on the French coast. Mr. Hobbs started
work at the age of 10 apprenticed at 2s, 6d, a week to a shoemaker. He later worked
for Derham Brothers, whose Union Street premises he saw destroyed by a serious fire
in 1906 when one fireman was killed.
Mr Hobbs Is 82 today--and there will be a party
to celebrate the double event at the Hobbs’s home on Saturday, Not all the family
of two daughters, two sons, 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren will be
there, but those living in Bristol and some friends will attend. Among them will
be Mr. Hobbs’s son Mr. Reginald Hobbs, who himself trained at the Beer Cask, fought
in the ring and managed Bristol Boxers. He was the first man to beat George Rose,
who won the West of England welterweight championship in 1932 at the Colston Hall.
Mr. and Mrs. Hobbs were married at St.Matthias church, Broadweir.
* Wright’s Directory
has Mr. Hobbs at the East Street Tavern 1909 to 1914
BEER CASK Pennywell Road
1866. Frederick Puddy 1867 - 69. William Slee 1871 - 72. Henry
Miles 1874 - 75. Susanah Miles 1876 to 1877. John Brain 1878. S. Mountain 1879. Augustus
Lyson 1881 - 1883. John Olley 1885. James Harvey 1886. Francis Biggs 1887. John Morgan 1888.
Thomas Stokes 1889. Robert Hicks 1891 - 1901. Edwin Fry 1904. Mary Howell 1909 - 11.
Harry George Taylor 1914. Frederick Hurley 1915. Stephen Lush Hobbs 1916 to 1950. Charles
Hobbs 1950 - 56. Thomas Pippin 1960. A. W. C. Johnson
Charles Hobbs was the second son of Steven Lush Hobbs who was the licensee at the
Bath Arms in Milk Street 1897 - 1913 and the Beer Cask 1915. (Wright’s Directory)
1871. Henry Miles 55, head married, publican, Gloster Susanah Miles 62, wife married,
CENSUS 1881. John Olley 53, head married, beer retailer & shoemaker, London Kate
Olley 41, wife married, Bristol Walter Olley 21, son unmarried, shoemaker, Bristol Frederick
C. Olley 19, son unmarried, shoemaker, Gloucestershire Stroud Kate A. Olley 17, daughter
unmarried, boot machinist, Worcester Elizabeth Olley 14, daughter, barmaid, Birmingham Ellen
Olley 11, daughter scholar, Birmingham Emily Olley 6, daughter scholar, Birmingham Florence
Olley 7, daughter scholar, Birmingham Ada Olley 5, daughter scholar, Wales Edith Olley
2, daughter, Bristol Edgar Olley 9 months, son, Bristol
CENSUS 1891. Edwin Fry 42, head
married, beer retailer, Somerset Clevedon Charlotte Fry 49, wife married, beer retailer’s
assistant, Staffordshire Muckleston Reginald Fry 9, son scholar, Monmouthshire Abergavenny Beatrice
Fry 5, daughter scholar, Herefordshire Ewyas Harold Henry Fry 1, son, Bristol
1901. Edward Fry 51, head married, cab driver & publican, Somerset Clevedon Charlotte
Fry 52, wife married, assistant Beatrice E. Fry 17, daughter single, Herefordshire Henry
A. Fry 11, son, Herefordshire
CENSUS 1911. Harry George Taylor 35, head married, licensee
public house, Bristol North Sarah Taylor 31, wife married, Barton Hill Bristol Charlie
Henry Thomas Taylor 8, son, Bell Hill Kingswood Bristol Florence Mary Ann Skuse 14,
niece, packer at Fry's Cocoa Manufacturers, Roseberry Park Bristol