CENSUS 1841.
Elizabeth Waters 40, born in county
Sarah Waters 46, assistant, born in county
Ann Hennis 21, servant, born in county


CENSUS 1851.

Elizabeth Waters 54, head unmarried, manager of gin shop, Bristol
Sarah Waters 56, sister unmarried, assistant, Bristol
Eliza Jula 40, servant widow, servant, Lisbon

CENSUS 1861.
Emily Chamberlain 31, house keeper widow, Gloucestershire Slaughter


CENSUS 1871.
These premises are used as Spirit Vaults, no one sleeps on the premises

CENSUS 1881.
Business premises

1775 Thomas Cooksley
1792 - 94 William Landsdown
1800 - 06 Edward Smith
1816 Ambrose Wadley
1820 - 48 James Waters
1851 Elizabeth Waters
1853 - 61 Mary Waters
1863 - 1962 Waters & Co.
1963 to 1967 Gus Keen
1967 to 1990 Pete Keen

manager in 1937 was George Hasell.
Pete Keen was the son of Gus Keen.

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KING’S HEAD Stokes Croft

no pub name given between 1820 and 1886, listed as the King’s Arms in 1887 and early 1890’s with John Turner recorded as licensee. The King’s Arms again from 1963, recently the Pint & Pie and then the Junction.
James Waters was also the owner of a glue manufactory at Froom bridge, Blackfriars, off Merchant street.

Information on the Keen family was kindly provided by Vernon Keen, son of Gus. Vernon also points out that prior to 1963, the pub was known as Waters' Wine Lodge; which, before, during and after the war and well in to the 1950's, was in the hands of the Haskins family and following on from its early years as a wine lodge, sold Red and White wine and Sherry which arrived in 64 gallon butts. These were put up on the stillage in the cellars by either my father or brother with great dexterity, an old knack acquired from many years in the Trade. Total weight around 7 hundredweight (cwt) try that next time you're in the gym!  This continued until my brother's time and many old City Road residents will remember the October trip with a gallon bucket (or other large container!!) to the off-licence so they could buy wine to soak their fruit for the Christmas cake!! Normally the wine was sold in Flagon bottles with our own label and silvered cork covers or over the bar in "schooners", now there's a name from the past! Very potent.