The Wheatsheaf Hotel
Christmas Street

On the corner with Nelson Street the old Wheatsheaf pub in the picture was pulled down in the 1940’s and rebuilt in brick, it was finally removed in June 1970 to make way for the new magistrates courts.

This photograph was kindly sent in by Louise Argent, the great great granddaughter of landlord John Williams White.   Louise writes: 

“John Williams White was born in Devon in 1846 and came to Bristol in 1871/1872 where he set up and was principal of the Naval School in Prince Street.  He also set up schools in Cardiff, Newport and Swansea. He retired from lecturing in navigation in the 1890s, passing Bristol Naval School to his eldest son Elward Fawcett White.  John Williams White was known to thousands of Bristolians as ‘The Poor Mans Lawyer ’ as he was well read in law and would advise and represent those who could not afford a lawyer.”

In the picture John Williams White is shown wearing three Humane Society silver medals for life saving at sea, in harbour and in river.  Previously at the Rose of Denmark Hotwells, John was at the Wheatsheaf Hotel from 1900 until his death in 1918.

1775. James Mutloe
1794. Joseph Linch
1800. Henry Baker
1822 - 34. William Rogers
1837 - 44. James Sturge
1847 - 52. Mary Ann Newman
1853 to 1866. Joseph Bolt
1867 - 72. John Sharp
1875 - 77. Henry Ellis
1879. Ellen Radford
1881 - 99. George Wightman
1900 to 1918. John Williams White
1921 - 25. Sidney Luff
1928 - 37. Cecil Gilson
1944. Elsie Purdie
1950. Edwin Pope