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The Old Star Inn

NAME OLD STAR INN, (STERRE, STARR, STARE, STEERE)
ADDRESS 31 EARL STREET
ALTERNATIVE ADDRESS BAYLEY LANE, HIGH STREET

THIS PREMISES HAS BEEN KNOWN BY DIFFERENT NAMES DURING ITS HISTORY

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FROM TO KNOWN AS
c1424   STAR INN
  1940 OLD STAR INN

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.

From c1424 to 1443 this inn was owned by Thomas Wildris, Mayor of Coventry. In c1474 Thomas Wildris left it to the Draper's Company. In 1582 it was the lodging place of the Duke of Monmouth.

From 1831 to 1864 the ' General Dispensary' was held in some rooms in Earl Street, formerly belonging to the Old Star Inn. In 1894 it was sold by the executors of Robert Arnold Dalton to Ratliff's brewery for £2050. When that brewery was taken over by Phillips and Marriott they valued it at £3000 including messuages and a garage.

It then burnt down c1900 and was rebuilt only to be destroyed in the blitz of 1940. In 1959 the license was transferred to the Black Prince, Jardine Crescent.

Known Licensees at the STAR INN are;
1835 Samuel Johnson
1845 S.Powell
1861 Richard Hands
1868 - 1868 Thomas Hands
1871 - 1874 Henry Hands
1879 - 1881 William B. Whiteman
1886 T. Jackson
1890 - 1891 T. Danes
1893 - 1894 James Elliott
1896 J. A. Harvey
1900 William Henry Tovey

Known Licensees at the OLD STAR INN are;
1901 Benjamin Maton
1903 Francis John Morgan
1904 - 1905 Howard Albert Giles
1906 H. W. Shufflebotham
1907 - 1909 William Murfin
1910 - 1913 Percy Woodcock Wilshire
1914 - 1916 William Vaughan
1916 - 1927 Edward Cowley
1931 - 1936 W. W. Sheffield
1937 - 1940 Joseph Shilton

Owners
1424 - c1474 Thomas Wildris
1474 Drapers Company
1892 - 1893 Robert Arnold Dalton
1893 - 1899 Ratliff's Brewery
from 1899 Phillips & Marriott

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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.....

c1424 - 1443 JBS Owned by Thomas Wildris, Mayor

c1474 JBS Thomas Wildris leaves the inn to the Drapers Company.

1582 CS6 Lodging place of the Duke of Monmouth

1582 Source 43 ......the lodging place of the Duke of Monmouth in 1582, was destroyed in the raid on Coventry.

1831 - 1834 Poole P324 The ' General Dispensary ' was held in some rooms in Earl Street, formerly belonging to the Old Star Inn.

1851 Source 49 Board of Health Map

7.1.1853 JA141 CS Transfer of license from James Goddard to William Woodhouse

30.9.1853 CH&O To be sold by auction

In the occupation of Mr William Woodhouse.

Frontage to Earl Street, including the gatehouse, of 25 feet, depth 200 feet. A capital bakehouse at the back.

28.8.1878 LJ Vol 1P48 OLD STAR, Earl Street Alehouse
Owner : William Downing Whiteman
later R. A. Dalton, Coventry
later William Ratliff
Licensee :William Downing Whiteman
15.3.1883 TOL to Thomas Jackson
4.11.1886 TOL to Edward Wilday
31.10.1889 TOL to William Ashton Neale
6.3.1890 TOL to Thomas Dance
4.12.1890 TOL to Harry Augustus Levaine
3.12.1891 TOL to William Ratliff
9.1.1892 TOL to Joseph Archer
22.6.1892 TOL to James Elliott
10.3.1895 TOL to William Ratliff ( provisional license )
25.7.1895 TOL to Thomas Mountford ( new license )
27.1.1896 TOL to John Albert Harvey
5.1.1899 TOL to William Henry Tovey
9.1.1896 fined £ 5 & costs 13/6 for keeping open

9.9.1892 JA40 The Old Star Inn and adjoining premises, Earls Street, Coventry

Robert Arnold Dalton ( of Coventry, ribbon manufacturer ) by his will of that date appointed three nephews as executors -

Charles Edward Barton ( of Coventry, ribbon manufacturer )

Walter Turrell ( of Coventry, ribbon manufacturer )

Dalton Turrell ( of Coventry, ribbon manufacturer )

and his friend John Platts Hughes ( of Coventry, wine and spirit merchant )

Charles Edward Barton died 18.12.1892

Robert Arnold Dalton died 10.1.1893

23.6.1894 JA40 Walter and Charles Dalton Turrell and John Platt Hughes sold the Old Star, on the southern side of Earl Street, 3 messuages forming 12 - 14 Old Star Yard, the cottage's garden and the yard's water closet, all once inhabited by -

Henry Hands

Leathley

Abery

Hayes

For £ 2050 to W. Ratliff

1897 CBH P170 VERNON CYCLE Co ( Bicycles )
Star Yard, 30 Earl Street

The Vernon Cycle Company began in 1897 within Star Yard situated in Earl Street, through a partnership between Eliza Cleaver ( b 1847 ) and the young Oliver Charles Perkins ( b 1880 )

1897 C Mcar H P141 VERNON CYCLE & MOTOR Co Ltd
Star Yard, 32 Earl Street
........ an interesting partnership between Oliver Perkins and Eliza Cleaver.

Eliza Cleaver ( b 1847 ) was the widow of William Johnson, a watchmaker and landlord of tje Smithfield Hotel in Hales Street. When he died in 1890 Eliza continued in the pub trade and was known to have run the White Swan in Hill Street, yet she also had the foresight to buy into the cycle trade, forming an unusual partnership with the much younger Oliver Perkins at premises to the rear of the Old Star Inn .

to 1899 P&M PR Owned by Ratliff

from 1899 P&M PR Owned by Phillips & Marriott

30.9.1899 P&M PR Value £ 3000 including messuages and garage

c1900 JBS Burnt down and rebuilt

11.1940 CS6 Description, paricularly of cellars

Destroyed in blitz

15.11.1940 Closed

JBS Blitzed in war

11.5.1959 JA CET License from Old Star, Earl Street, transfered to Black Prince, Jardine Crescent

2016 Listed Details

EARL STREET (South Side)

Medieval Basement on site of Old Star Inn
Late medieval. Ashlar. 4 ribbed vaults of very low pitch with ribs resting on pointed corbels. Now incorporated in Council Offices for the City of Coventry.

LICENSEES

1835 Pigot Samuel Johnson

1845 Kelly S. Powell

1853 JA141 CS James Goddard

1853 JA141 CS William Woodhouse

1861 Census Richard Hands

1868 Buchanan T. Hands

23.11.1868 Lantern Thomas Hands

1871 Census Henry Hands 65 yo b Coventry m Susan, 63 & 1 servant

1874 C&B Henry Hands
1878 LJ Vol 1P48 William Downing Whiteman
1879 Stevens W. B. Whiteman

1881 C&B William B. Whiteman
1883 LJ Vol 1P48 William Downing Whiteman
1883 LJ Vol 1P48 Thomas Jackson
1886 C&B T. Jackson
1886 LJ Vol 1P48 Thomas Jackson
1886 LJ Vol 1P48 Edward Wilday
1889 LJ Vol 1P48 Edward Wilday
1889 LJ Vol 1P48 William Ashton Neale
1890 LJ Vol 1P48 William Ashton Neale
1890 LJ Vol 1P48 Thomas Dance
1890/91 R&G T. Danes
1890 LJ Vol 1P48 Harry Augustus Levaine
1891 LJ Vol 1P48 Harry Augustus Levaine
1891 LJ Vol 1P48 William Ratliff
1892 LJ Vol 1P48 William Ratliff
1892 LJ Vol 1P48 Joseph Archer
1892 LJ Vol 1P48 James Elliott
1893 Reporter James Elliott

1894 R&G James Elliott
1895 LJ Vol 1P48 James Elliott
1895 LJ Vol 1P48 William Ratliff ( provisional license )
1895 LJ Vol 1P48 Thomas Mountford ( new license )
1896 LJ Vol 1P48 Thomas Mountford
1896 LJ Vol 1P48 John Albert Harvey
1896 R&G J. A. Harvey
1899 LJ Vol 1P48 John Albert Harvey
1899 LJ Vol 1P48 William Henry Tovey
1.5.1900 P&M PR William Henry Tovey

10.4.1901 P&M PR Benjamin Maton

16.7.1903 P&M PR Francis John Morgan

1903 R&G F. J. Morgan

2.11.1904 P&M PR Howard Albert Giles

1905 R&G Albert Giles Howard

3.1.1906 P&M PR H. W. Shufflebotham manager

4.2.1907 P&M PR William Murfin

1909 R&G William Murfin

15.4.1910 P&M PR Percy Woodcock Wilshire

1911/12 Spennell P. Woodcock Wilshire

1912/13 Spennell P. Woodcock Wilshire

17.9.1914 P&M PR William Vaughan

5.9.1916 P&M PR Edward Cowley

1919 Spennell E. Cowley

1921/22 Spennell E. Cowley

1924 P. James E. Cowley

1926/27 P. James E. Cowley

1929 P. James Licensees name not given

1931/32 P. James W. W. Sheffield

1933/34 P. James W. W. Sheffield

1935/36 P. James W. W. Sheffield

1937/38 P. James Joseph Shilton

1939/40 P. James Joseph Shilton

OWNERS

c1424 JBS Thomas Wildris, Mayor

1443 JBS Thomas Wildris, Mayor

c1474 JBS Thomas Wildris .

c1474 JBS Drapers Company.
1878 LJ Vol 1P48 William Downing Whiteman
later LJ Vol 1P48 R. A. Dalton, Coventry
1892 JA40 Robert Arnold Dalton

1893 JA40 Robert Arnold Dalton died

1894 JA40 W. Ratliff
later LJ Vol 1P48 William Ratliff
1898 LJ Vol 1P48 William Ratliff
1899 P&M PR Ratliff

1899 P&M PR Phillips & Marriott

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