Robert Scott had purchased 24 acres in the vicinity from the Crown in 1864 for £24/5/-. At first the hotel was called the St. Leonards Hotel named after the local estate. The land was subdivided in 1883 the name changed to the Great Western in 1886, owned by Thomas Moxley, who later moved to the Redcliffe Hotel. It was destroyed by fire in 1907. The new Palace Hotel was built in 1909.
Harold and Lillian Filmer purchased the freehold for £4000 in 1926/27, and the hotel, which became known as “Filmer’s Palace Hotel” remained in the Filmer family for 75 years, until 2002, Their son Ken, who ran an electrical business, and his wife Mavis managed the Hotel from 1952.
The Bee Gees performed there in 1959. They each received a bottle of Coca Cola and their parents Hugh and Barbara enjoyed a beer for their efforts.
For 75 years, it was known as Filmers Palace Hotel and the new owners reverted to the Palace Hotel.
On Wednesday, July 3 fire closed The Palace Hotel – the pub where Barry Gibb and his brothers played their first paid gigs as young boys, but reopened five days later.
July 16, 2013
THE Palace Hotel – the pub where Barry Gibb and his brothers played their first paid gigs as young boys – has closed its doors for good. Manager Shane Cushway said the fire was probably “the straw that broke the camel’s back”.
Article by – Jules Williams