The Cat & Wheel
Castle Green

On the corner with Little Peter Street, standing in 1606 the Cat & Wheel was re-built in 1900 some bits & pieces were salvaged and are now housed in the Bristol City Museum. The later building was demolished in 1969 for a new museum complex which was never built. If standing today it would be in Castle Park just opposite the entrance to the Galleries car park in Newgate. The name above the door in this picture is  W.T. Beavis which dates it to around the time of the inn’s demolition, I wonder if the gent stood in the doorway is landlord Beavis. Originally the inn was known as the Catherine Wheel but when puritan Parliamentary forces occupied Bristol in the civil war, letters on the sign would have been painted out changing the name to Cat in Wheel, thus removing the religious reference, over the years the name became the Cat & Wheel.

1775. Gabriel Rymer
1792. Joseph Newman
1822 - 29. John England
1830 to 1831. John Rogers
1832 - 34. Thomas Spiring
1835. John Reed
1836 to 1837. George Meatyard
1838 to 1849. George Hedges
1850 to 1852. Charles Cowper
1853 to 1855. Joseph Abbott
1856 to 1862. Richard Nash
1863 to 1867. George Knight
1868 - 79. George Webber
1881 - 84. Mary Ann Webber
1886 - 89. William Thomas
1890 to 1894. Francis Treasure
1895 to 1902. William Beavis
1903 to 1908. George Couzens
1909 to 1913. Henry Charles
1914. William Tregarthen
1915 to 1939. Frederick Eagles
1940 - 53. Dorothy Christina Thorne
1956. John Steavenson