Sort file:- Bromley, March, 2021.

Page Updated:- Monday, 15 March, 2021.


Earliest 1850-

Palace Tavern

Demolished 2007

1 Napier Road


Palace Tavern location 2016

Above photo showing the location of the pub 2016.

Palace Tavern sign 2010

Above sign, 2010, kindly sent by Roger Pester.



Kentish Gazette, 22 January 1850.

Fatal Accident.

An inquest was held at the "Palace" on the 12th inst., on the body of Thomas Cooper, gardener to Coles Child, Esq., before C. Carttar, Esq., coroner. Evidence was given that the unfortunate man was engaged, with others, felling a large tree on the lawn the workmen had dug a hole round the tree, and fastened a rope, of which deceased had charge, but it appeared he was under the tree looking up at the trunk; when the men saw it falling, they called loudly, but deceased remained motionless; the trunk fell on him and rebounded, fracturing the skull and almost cut him through at the thighs; he died instantaneously. Mr. Child stated deceased was a most excellent servant, being naturally nervous he considered the danger he saw himself in paralyzed his limbs.

Verdict:— "Accidental death." It appeared another man was in the hole and had just time to save himself, receiving a heavy blow from the tree on one arm.


Sporting Life, Saturday 5 September 1868.

Mr. J. Terry, of the "Union Flag," Chatham, will give a splendid silver cup, value 10 guineas, to be run for at the Star Grounds, Rainham-road, Chatham on Monday, September 20, in a 440 yards handicap, open to England; the winner to hold the cup for six months, and accept all challenges on handicap terms for not less than 5 a-side, and to run in six weeks from signing articles. 1 10s. will be given with the cup for first prize, 1 second, and 10s. third. Entrance 1s., and 1s. 6d acceptance. Entries to be made with Mr. T. Cox, "Palace Tavern," Palace-road, Bromley; Mr. J. Price, Ashford; Mr. G. Finn, "Sovereign Inn," Castle-street, Canterbury; Mr. C. Wood, "Victory Tavern," Mile Town, Sheerness; Mr. R. Styles, "King's Head," Brook; Mr. J. Terry, "Union Flag," Chatham.

Entries to close September 16. Any man entering falsely to be disqualified. Mr. George Finn, of Canterbury, handicapper.


I believe the pub closed in 2003 and was demolished in 2007, leaving the sign showing as late as 2010. The location has now (2016) bee rebuilt upon and is now residential.



COX T Mr 1868+

BRIDGER William 1911-39+ (age 60 in 1939)


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