Many thanks to Mike Wilson, who provided the following information and pictures.
on the parish written by the Bristol historian Rev Fanshawe Bingham, incumbent 1878
- 1899, from notes of Samuel Seyer, who was the incumbent of Horfield 1813 - 1828.
am informed that the two roads which go across the Church Common, were made about
1769 or 1779; that which goes from the Church westward to Mr. Lambert's, was made
by Mr. Lambert's predecessor, Mr. Davis; that which goes from the turnpike road (now
Gloucester Road) towards Southmead, was made by the Parish. Before this time every
one cut across the Common as well as he could, by which the land, was so torn to
pieces that the pasture was little worth.
“A little lane, now almost impassable, which
leads from the turnpike road, about a mile and a half from Bristol, up to Horfield
South Common, is repeatedly and almost every year mentioned in the old records of
the Manor Court, and presented as in bad repair. "
Also that the narrow strip of ground
below the Church-yard where Matthew's cottage now stands, is a continuation of this
highway, and that thence it passed by the Church to the North Common, on which Common,
about 100 yards distant from its entrance, was the original `Ship Ale-house.'
explanation of the above, so far as I can ascertain, the highway referred to started
at the foot of the present Zetland Road, ascending up by the present pathway, which
crosses Egerton Road and passes by the Bishop's Road Board School, and along the
back of the gaol towards "Quab" Farm, and thence by the piece of Common at the back
of the "Poplars" now called "Ardagh." To the gateway by Hughenden road and skirting
the boundary wall of Horfield Lodge continued along the fence of the Rectory field,
past the ruins of the cottage spoken by Mr Seyer and so on to the North Common, past
the Church and the ‘Ship’ Ale House and manor Farm to Charlton, Compton Pilning and
Aust. The original Ship Ale House was Weston's Farm, formerly Hewlett's.
In Mr. Sever's
days, following, I suppose, upon the making of the turnpike road from Bristol, the
' Ship’ Ale House was transferred to another place nearer this new road, but in
consequence of the bad way in which it was conducted, the license was taken away.
Then the house became a private residence. I have heard that Sir Henry Protheroe
occupied it for a time. After the Barracks were built the house became vacant, and
was re-opened and re-named as ' The Wellington Hotel, following upon the Duke of
Wellington’s visit to the barracks. When the present Wellington Hotel was built,
the former one was closed and is now pulled down.
CENSUS 1841. Eleanor Sanders 60,
publican, born in county Ellen Sanders 15, born in county