The Cumberland Hotel is pictured here in the 1950’s when it was a Simonds’ pub. The
shop next door is Frederick Hopkins’ grocery store and on the corner of Windsor Terrace
can be seen the shop of hairdresser Albert Smele. The Cumberland was later to become
a high class restaurant named the Star & Dove!
The following information and recollections
were kindly provided by Paul Brown, via the message forum.
My father was Stanley Edward
Brown and he was the Landlord of the Cumberland Hotel in St. Lukes Road which he
ran with my mother Phyllis from 3rd October 1966 until 1980. He took over from Cyril
Beale who ran the pub until October 1966. I don`t know the date that Mr. Beale commenced
his tenancy. Just out of interest on one of the supporting struts of the shelves
in the wine store behind the bar, all previous landlords had signed their names.
My father was also the president of Bristol West and Bristol South Skittles Leagues.
There were ten skittles teams at the Pub and four Darts Teams, including the Super
League who played in the upstairs clubroom in complete silence, so serious was the
game. A great friend of my dad's was Councillor Bert Pegler (also a keen skittler),
who subsequently became Lord Mayor of Bristol. Mum and Dad dined at The Mansion House
with Bert on several occasions. My father employed, as a barman, Horace Laurence
(Larry) who first worked as a pot boy for William Hurford who ran the pub in 1944.
He stayed on working in the pub until 1980 when my dad retired. There are lots more
interesting and funny stories that we could relate about our happy times at The Cumberland.
1871. Annie Jones 40, wife married, Dorset Melbury William Jones 14, son, North America
Kingston Thomas Jones 13, son, Dorset Melbury Florence Jones 10, daughter scholar,
Bristol Martha Jones 8, daughter scholar, Bristol Edgerton Jones 2, son, Bristol
1881. James Ford 42, head married, licensed victualler, Somerset Road Matilda Ford
42, wife married, Somerset Bishops Lydeard Elizabeth A. Ford 17, daughter unmarried,
dress maker, Bristol Temple William Ford 14, son, blacksmith, Bristol Temple Matilda
Ford 12, daughter scholar, Bristol Temple Isaac Ford 8, son scholar, Bristol Temple James
Ford 6, son scholar, Bristol Totterdown Florence Ford 1, daughter, Bristol Totterdown
1891. George H. Broderick 48, head married, licensed victualler, Devonport Devon May
J. Broderick 50, wife married, Devonport Devon Emily J. Christy 26, daughter widow,
assisting her father, Devonport Devon Ethel M. Christy 3, granddaughter, Weymouth
CENSUS 1901. Alfred Ward 53, head married, licensed victualler, Warton Warwickshire Emma
Ward 49, wife married, Anstey Warwickshire Frank Ward 16, son single, stockbroker's
clerk, Stapenhill Staffordshire Ethel Dale 24, servant single, general domestic servant,
CENSUS 1911. Alfred Ward 64, head married, licensed victualler, Warton
Warwickshire Emma Ward 59, wife married, assisting in business, Anstey Warwickshire Annie
Louise Clifford 34, visitor single, domestic nurse, Wakefield Lancashire Frank Clifford
26, cousin single, stockbroker’s clerk disengaged, Stapenhill Staffordshire
CUMBERLAND HOTEL St.Luke’s Road 1871 - 75. William Jones 1876 - 82. James Ford 1885
- 89. Charlotte Spear 1891. William Christy 1891. George Broderick 1892 - 94. Frank
Thompson 1896 - 1911. Alfred Ward 1914 - 17. F. Weight 1921 - 31. Lillian Coggins 1935
- 38. Lillian Hurford 1944. William Hurford 1950 - 53. John Patrick Clements 1966. Cyril
Beale 1966 to 1980. Stanley Edward Brown