The Whitcombe Lodge was a popular cabaret venue in the early 1970’s. It was located in austere Second World War buildings that were once used as a military hospital. The Cheltenham Chase Hotel now occupies the site. A promotional poster for the Whitcombe Lodge (note spelling) advertises the special star attraction ‘Direct from Los Vegas world famous recording star Matt Monro.’ Tickets varied in price from 15/- to 35/-. Other famous acts to appear at the Whitcombe Lodge included comedian Dave Allen, Max Wall, Guy Mitchell, Bob Monkhouse, Frank Ifield, Lonnie Donegan, Hermans Hermits and Freddie and the Dreamers.
June 1979: Whitcombe Lodge at Brockworth, one of the area’s largest entertaining venues, has been refused planning permission to continue as a hotel and restaurant and may close.
Western Daily Press 28th July 1979 – Punks’ night spot is closed: Gloucester’s trouble hit punk rock spot Whitcombe Lodge is to close. Owner Mr Norman Davis has sold it to a company which wants to build a motel there. Angry residents living near Whitcombe Lodge in Shurdington Road, Brockworth, say they have been living in fear of punk fans leaving the building late at night. Last Saturday scores of youths were chased through gardens by police, beer-mugs smashed in the road and a brick thrown through a front window. Mr Davis said yesterday that Punk Rock groups had been banned from performing at the Lodge. “The terrible things which have been happening there will stop forthwith,” he said.
Mr Davis, who runs 18 industrial estates throughout the country , would not name the new owners of the site. “They are going to build a 154-bedroom motel there,” he said. “Work will start in September.”
The Citizen. 21st January, 1981 – Change of use sought: Gloucester Photographic Services (UK) Ltd. have applied for planning permission for the change of use of Whitcombe Lodge, Brockworth, from club premises to industrial and office use.