RETREAT Whiteladies Road 1865 - 72. John Leat 1875 - 89. Elizabeth Leat 1891 - 94.
Frederick Webb 1896. Arthur Claxton 1897. William Grant 1901 - 06. George Ambler 1909
- 14. Francis Ambler 1917 - 21. Ernest Beckett 1928. Frederick Sweeting 1931. George
Sherwood 1935 - 38. Frederick Sherwood 1944 - 50. Ella Sherwood 1953 to 1958. Thomas
Dave Knowles remembers ... “the Retreat was a cider house, so no spirits, but
you could buy draught port or sherry. The old boys would have a pint of rough and
then top it up with a large port!! The Gents consisted of a long black wall (so beloved
by Jethro in one of his jokes). Most of the old boys suffered the shakes until they
had at least two pints of the "red biddy" as it was known”.
Near the top of Blackboy
Hill the Retreat closed in 1958 and is now a restaurant. On the 21st December 1888
the Retreat was taken on a 14 year lease at a rent of £80 per annum by James Lockley,
brewer of Lewin’s Mead. The lease was one of 22 sold by James Lockley to the Bristol
United Breweries Limited on the 25th March 1892 for the total sum of £11,000.
CENSUS 1871. John Leat 53, head married, beerhouse keeper, Somerset Pitminster Elizabeth
Leat 43, wife married, beerhouse keeper's wife, Somerset Kenn Edward Leat 19, son
unmarried, mason, Gloucestershire Westbury Emma Leat 9, daughter, Gloucestershire
CENSUS 1881. Elizabeth Leat 57, head widow, beer retailer, Somerset Kenn Emma
Leat 18, daughter unmarried, barmaid, Gloucestershire Sneyd Park Esther Hinder 15,
servant unmarried, general servant, Gloucestershire Hallen
CENSUS 1891. Frederick Webb
50, head married, beer and wine retailer, Biddisham Somerset Joanna M. Webb 41, wife
married, Abbot's Leigh Somerset Ada H. Webb 19, daughter single, Clifton Bristol Edith
Webb 17, daughter single, Clifton Bristol Elizabeth Gray 28, visitor single, school
mistress, Tenby Pembrokeshire
CENSUS 1901. George Ambler 56, head married, beer and
wine retailer, Herefordshire Ledbury Jane Ambler 56, wife married, Bristol Clifton Francis
W. Ambler 22, son single, mariner seas, near Bristol Kingsweston Elizabeth Ambler
22, visitor married, Glasgow
CENSUS 1911. Francis William Ambler 33, head married,
beer and wine retailer, Shirehampton Gloucestershire Etheline Ambler 29, wife married,
assisting in the business, Clifton Bristol Violet May Ambler 1 year 6 months, daughter,
Westbury Gloucestershire Herbert Joseph Sheehan 22, servant single, barman, St.James'