Extracts from Gloucestershire Pubs Database (3033 total entries)
Compiled by Geoff Sandles
Feathers HotelLocation: Lydney
Postcode: GL15 5DN
The Feathers Hotel was once an important coaching inn on the Gloucester to South Wales main road. The Feathers Hotel played a leading role in Lydney’s history. It was once the venue for inquests and trials and the headquarters for a host of local organisations. The Feathers Hotel even boasted its own bowling green.
On Friday 22nd February 1902 the members of the Lydney and District Licensed Victualler’s Association met at the Feathers Hotel to partake of dinner and spend a social evening. ‘A few friends were invited, and between 30 and 40 sat down to an excellent spread provided by Host and Hostess Smith.’
The Feathers Hotel was owned by the P.R.H.A. in the 1940’s. This was the People’s Refreshment House Association Ltd., which provided food and accommodation to travellers. It encouraged non-alcoholic drinks but did serve beer during licensing hours. They owned 160 Licensed Houses after the Second World War, and the Feathers Hotel was described as having ’19 bedrooms and a dining room capable of seating a hundred.’ The Association’s freehold and leasehold properties were acquired by Charrington & Co. Ltd. from the beginning of 1962.
On Friday August 31st 1962 four young gentlemen named Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr stayed overnight at the Feathers after playing at Lydney Town Hall. Drummer Pete Best had been sacked from the Beatles just two weeks earlier on the 16th August, so Ringo was still very much the ‘new boy’ in the band. Perhaps after singing Twist and Shout John Lennon drank a couple of pints of Bass’ beer to soothe his throat!
The Feathers Hotel closed in February 1998 after a period of decline. After closure the building was set fire to on a number of occasions. The arson attack on the afternoon of Good Friday 1998 was described as being particularly fierce. Firefighters used ‘backdraft’ training to control the blaze.
The Feathers was demolished in June 1999. It was located near the junction of Oxford Steet and the High Street, approximately where Tesco 's recycling centre is positioned.
Map Reference: SO 631030
Owner in 1891: Charles Bathurst (free from brewery tie)
Rateable value in 1891: £85.15s.0d.
Type of licence in 1891: Alehouse
Owner in 1903: Charles Bathurst (free from brewery tie)
Rateable value in 1903: £85.15s.0d.
Type of licence in 1903: Alehouse
Closing time in 1903: 11pm
Owners in 1962: Bass Charrington & Co.
1856 William Batten
1861 Jemima Batten (Feathers Hotel and Posting House)
1870 John F. Barnard (previous occupation given as grocer & baker in 1851, aged 32)
1876 A & S. Barnard (probably Alice, aged 57, and son Samuel, aged 27)
1885,1891 Samuel Fisher Barnard
1902 Mr and Mrs Smith (see above)
1903 William Woodruff
1919 Thomas Elliot
1927 A. W. Snow
1997 John Neal