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The Old Star Inn

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Cox Street

NAME OLD STAR INN
ADDRESS 71 COX STREET
ALTERNATIVE ADDRESSES 26 COX STREET, 72 COX SREET, MILL LANE

THIS PREMISES HAS BEEN KNOWN BY DIFFERENT NAMES DURING ITS HISTORY

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FROM TO KNOWN AS
1822 1823 DUKE OF WELLINGTON
1835 1920 OLD STAR / STAR, Cox Street

The star was originally a religious symbol, referring to the star of Bethlehem or to the Virgin Mary, one of whose titles is ' Star of the Sea' ( Stella Maris). Since 1634 a six-pointed star also appeared in the arms of the Worshipful Company of Innholders, previously the guild of Innkeepers. The star as a pub name dates from the fifteenth century.

In 1822-3 this was the DUKE OF WELLINGTON. In 1850 it is called just the 'STAR'. In 1920 this pub closed after receipt of compensation payment and in 1921 it was a private residence.

Known Licensees at the DUKE OF WELLINGTON are;
1822 - 1823 W. Bellamy

Known Licensees at the STAR are;
1835 Henry Bellamy
1840 Giles Smith
1841 - 1851 James Foster

Known Licensees at the OLD STAR INN are;
1861 Thomas Iliffe or Thomas Greatrex
1868 Thomas Shortley
1874 - 1893 Henry Russell
1894 Mrs. E. Russell
1896 Mrs. E. Dutson
1903 - 1909 J. H. Millerchip
1911 - 1912 Joseph Salmon
1912 - 1913 J. G. Evans
1919 William Brimfield



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DICT PN Originally a religious symbol, referring either to the star of Bethlehem or to the Virgin Mary, one of whose titles is ' The Star of the Sea ' ( Stella maris ) since 1634 a six-pointed star has also appeared in the arms of the Worshipful Company of Innholders. The star as a pub name dates from the fifteenth century. More recent pubs show an insignia, such as the Star of india medal. The popularity of the sign, with its conveniently easy-to-recognise shape.....

1822/23 JA DUKE OF WELLINGTON

1850 JA34 Lascelles STAR, Mill Lane. Licensee James Foster

1851 Source 49 Board of Health Map
Mill Lane

18.5.1855 JA143 CH&O Transfer of license from James Foster to James Ramsey

22.6.1861 JA141 CS Transfer of license from Thomas Iliffe to George Williams ( Star, Mill Lane )

28.8.1878 LJ Vol 1 P39 STAR, Cox Street Alehouse
Owner : Thomas King Margetts, Leamington
later Henry Russell
later Ellen Dalton
later Northampton & Co Ltd
Licensee : Henry Russell
25.6.1891 TOL to Ellen Russell
3.1.1896 TOL to Ellen Dalton
14.4.1898 TOL to John Henry Milligan
23.8.1970 fined £ 10 & costs & license endorsed permitting drunkenness

1920 Police Closed upon receipt of compensation money

c1920 Closed

1921 JA Private residence

LICENSEES

1835 Pigot Henry Bellamy

1840 JA Giles Smith

1841 Pigot James Foster

1841 Census James Foster not in street section

1845 Kelly J. Foster

1850 CS James Foster

1850 JA Lascelles James Foster Star

1851 Census James Foster 43 yo licensed victualler & collector of water rates
1855 JA143 CH&O James Foster

1855 JA143 CH&O James Ramsey

1861 Census { 71 = Thomas Iliffe b Coventry m Ann, 44 & 1s, 2d ( Mill Lane )

{ 72 = Thomas Greatrex
1861 JA141 CS Thomas Iliffe Star
1861 JA141 CS George Williams Star

1868 Buchanan T. Shotley

23.11.1868 Lantern Thomas Shortley

1871 Census 72 = Uninhabited

1874 C&B Henry Russell
1878 LJ Vol 1 P39 Henry Russell Star
1879 Stevens Henry Russell

1881 C&B H. Russell

1886 C&B H. Russell

1890/91 R&G H. Russell
1891 LJ Vol 1 P39 Henry Russell Star
1891 LJ Vol 1 P39 Ellen Russell Star
1893 Reporter Russell

1894 R&G Mrs E. Russell
1896 LJ Vol 1 P39 Ellen Russell Star
1896 LJ Vol 1 P39 Ellen Dalton ( Dutson ) Star
1896 R&G Mrs E. Dutson
1898 LJ Vol 1 P39 Ellen Dalton ( Dutson ) Star
1898 LJ Vol 1 P39 John Henry Milligan Star
1903 R&G J. H. Milligan

1905 R&G J. Millerchip

1909 R&G J. Millerchip

1911/12 Spennell Joseph Salmon

1912/13 Spennell J. G. Evans

1919 Spennell William Brimfield

OWNERS

1878 LJ Vol 1 P39 Thomas King Margetts, Leamington
later LJ Vol 1 P39 Henry Russell
later LJ Vol 1 P39 Ellen Dalton
later LJ Vol 1 P39 Northampton & Co Ltd
1898 LJ Vol 1 P39 Northampton & Co Ltd

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