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The Old Mitre

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As the New Star with Tom Brown in the 1920's

NAME OLD MITRE
ADDRESS 140 MUCH PARK STREET
ALTERNATIVE ADDRESSES MISFORD STREET

THIS PREMISES HAS BEEN KNOWN BY DIFFERENT NAMES DURING ITS HISTORY

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FROM TO KNOWN AS
1734 1767 STAR / OLD STAR
1822 1874 OLD MITRE
1876 1959 NEW STAR INN, NEW INN

This name is a reference to the deeply cleft hat worn by bishops and some abbots. It is a symbol of a bishop's office. It is a convenient visual symbol and has been used as an inn sign since the fifteenth century, especially in cathedral towns.

This was the OLD STAR until c1756 when Alderman Hewitt records two soldiers being billeted here. It was licensed by William Lloyd and William Hill, except for a period in the 1860's. In the 1861 census it is held by Mary Hands, a 39 year old ribbon dresser and wine merchant, and is described as a wine and sprit vaults. She was a widow with three sons and a daughter and appears to have resorted to other means to make a living, as in 1864 the then licensee, Barrinnger Hunt, was fined £ 2 for keeping a disorderly house, that is, for allowing prostitutes to assemble in his house. I imagine Barringer Hunt was employed as licensee to bring an aura of male respectibility to the 'disorderly house'.

From 1879 this was the NEW STAR in Much Park Street.

Known Licensees are;
1822 - 1829 William Lloyd
1835 - 1851 William Hill
1861 Mary Hands
1864 Barringer Hunt
1871 - 1874 William Hill ( again )
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before 1876 SEE OLD MITRE

1876 JA90 Kelly NEW STAR

See Lost pubs No19

c1959 Closed

 

LICENSEES

1879 Stevens Henry Hands
1881 C&B A. Hands
1886 C&B Angelina Tansley
1890/91 R&G William Denbigh
1893 Reporter G. F. Atkins
1894 R&G G. F. Atkins
1896 R&G G. F. Atkins
1903 R&G T. Padbury
1905 R&G T. Padbury
1909 R&G William H. L. Masters
1911/12 Spennell W. T. Brown
1912/13 Spennell W. T. Brown
1919 Spennell Walter Thomas Brown New Inn
1921/22 Spennell Walter Thomas Brown New Inn
1924 Spennell Walter Thomas Brown New Inn
1926/27 Spennell Walter Thomas Brown New Inn
1929 P. James W. T. Brown
1931/32 P. James W. T. Brown
1935/36 P. James H. Cotterell
1937/38 P. James Thomas Walter Brown
1939/40 P. James R. Johnson
1955/56 Barrett Not listed in street section
1957 Barrett Not listed in street section
1960 Barrett Not listed in street section
1961 Barrett Not listed in street section
1962 Barrett Not listed in street section

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