Pyrenees Hotel

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Pyrenees Hotel
Pyrenees Hotel, 2017
Town Lexton
Street 39 Williamson Street
Closed 12 January 2024
Known dates 1858-2024
Other names Burnbank Inn (1846)
aka Pyrenees Family Hotel (1883)

The Pyrenees Hotel was a hotel in Lexton, Victoria, <1858-2024.

Site[edit | edit source]

The hotel was in Lexton[1], now 39 Williamson Street.[2]

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Background[edit | edit source]

Also known as the Pyrenees Family Hotel.[3]

History[edit | edit source]

The hotel was offered for lease in September 1858:

TO LET, for such term of years as may be agreed upon The Pyrenees Hotel at Lexton, (Burnbank.) The above hotel is doing a first-rate old established business, and has been recently enlarged, by the addition of a handsome and commodious two storey brick building, replete with every convenience, and elegantly furnished. The tenant will have to take the furniture at a valuation. Apply to Alexander Kelly, Auctioneer, and Commission Agent, next Bath's Hotel, Ballarat ; or MR ALEXANDER WEIR, Pyrenees Store, Lexton.[4]

In January 1859 the hotel was advertising in Ballarat for staff:

PYRENEES HOTEL, Burn Bank. Wanted a respectable servant girl for the above hotel. Apply to Scandinavian Hotel before ten o'clock to-day.[5]

In June 1859 the publican failed to appear in court after being ordered to pay debts. The creditors wanted to take action against the owner of the hotel to recover their money:

Bauer v Clapperton and others-£24 6s goods. Mr Randall for plaintiff. Action for goods supplied to the proprietors of an hotel at Lexton. Mr Randall read a letter from defendant Clapperton consenting to the claim with costs ; but defendant had not paid the money nor replied to a letter sent to him in reference thereto. The bailiff of the Court proved service of subpoena on the defendant Twiss, and payment of conductmoney. Consent by Twiss was also put in. Mr Kelly, auctioneer, proved defendant Clapperton's handwriting, and said Clapperton was the proprietor of the Pyrenees Hotel, at Lexton, and Twiss was the licensee. He knew nothing of the partnership. His Honor held that the case was clear as against Twiss, but that Clapperton's consent was not a legal recognition of liability ; as there was no admission by Clapperton of partnership, but simply a promise made to pay a claim made on Twiss. Mr Randall pressed for the exercise of the powers of the Court on Twiss who had disobeyed the summons of the Court. His Honor-I suppose Twiss is a man of straw ? Mr Randall-Yes your honor. His Honor-You should proceed against him under Jervis's Act. The Act says that "after conviction" the recusant is to be punished. This Court has no power as yet though it would be better if it had perhaps. You are entitled to your judgment against Twiss. Mr Randall would rather not have judgment against him, but that the case be adjourned. His Honor-I regret I have no power to convict him for contempt, but you had better proceed in the regular way. The defendant Twiss was then called on his subpeana, and failing to appear the Clerk made an entry therof on the register of the Court. The further trial of the case was then adjourned pro forma till Tuesday next with costs.[6]

In June 1863 the hotel was offered for lease:

TO LET-From 1st July next, for such term as may be agreed on, the "PYRENEES HOTEL", Lexton. Offers will be received to 31st March, and may be sent to Holmes, White and Co., Ballarat, Walter Fairlie, Lexton.[7]

In June 1883 the new publican was advertising:

PYRENEES FAMILY HOTEL, LEXTON. JOHN BIRD having purchased the above hotel, begs to inform his commercial friends and the public generally that the accommodation will still be first class, and the charges strictly moderate to suit the times.[3]

In December 1926 an application to renew the license was refused, and the case adjourned to allow time to find a new applicant.[8]

In February 2019, the hotel was offered for sale, price to be negotiated.[2]

In June 2020, the owner Brett Lennard announced the hotel was reopening after being forced to close because of the COVID-19 pandemic.[9]

The hotel was broken into on 21 January 2021 by a man who broke a glass door panel and climbed through the hotel. He stole several bottles of alcohol during his crime spree which included smashing his way into the Lexton Post Office, and then ramming his car into the front of the Waubra General Store causing $12,000 damage.[10]

The hotel closed indefinitely on 12 January 2024. Nor reason have bee given by the owners or publicans for the closure. About 200 people were at the hotel on the night of 12 January to mark the end of trading for the last hotel in the town.[11]

Community Involvement[edit | edit source]

Municipal[edit | edit source]

  • In July 1914 the Shire of Lexton celebrated its jubilee, with a dinner at the hotel[12]
  • April 1915 - a municipal lunch to welcome Councillor Young.[13]

The People[edit | edit source]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1915 'LICENSING COURT.', Riponshire Advocate (Vic. : 1914 - 1918), 4 December, p. 3. , viewed 22 Sep 2017,
  2. 2.0 2.1
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 1883 'Advertising', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 2 June, p. 3. , viewed 03 Jan 2020,
  4. 1858 'Advertising', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 13 September, p. 4. , viewed 18 Jun 2018,
  5. 1859 'Advertising', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 7 January, p. 3. , viewed 18 Nov 2018,
  6. 6.0 6.1 1859 'COUNTY COURT.', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 9 June, p. 2. , viewed 18 Jun 2018,
  7. 1863 'Advertising', The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), 12 February, p. 3. , viewed 18 Nov 2018,
  8. 1926 'COUNTRY NEWS.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), 4 December, p. 29. , viewed 14 Feb 2020,
  9. 9.0 9.1 2020, Greg Gliddon and Ben Hopkins, 'Lexton community back on its feet after devastating start to the year', Ballarat Courier, 12 June 2020,
  10. Kirkham, Rochelle, 'Man charged with Lexton, Waubra post office burglaries faces court', Ballarat Courier, 10 February 2021,
  11. 2024, Bryan Hoadley, 'More than a pub', Ballarat Courier, 17 January 2024, pg. 1.,
  12. 1914 'LEXTON SHIRE JUBILEE DINNER.', Talbot Leader (Vic. : 1914 - 1918), 25 July, p. 4. , viewed 18 Jun 2018,
  13. 1915 'MUNICIPAL LUNCH.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 21 April, p. 6. , viewed 18 Nov 2018,
  14. 1896 'BEAUFORT LICENSING COURT.', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 11 December, p. 1. , viewed 11 Aug 2018,
  15. 1920 'LEXTON', The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), 11 February, p. 6. , viewed 18 Jun 2018,
  16. 2008, 'Lexton mourns 'sincere' woman', Ballarat Courier, 16 April 2008,

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