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Here is what we think is the only comprehensive record of pubs and beerhouses within the Coventry city boundaries going back as far as available records allow. This is an ongoing project so contributions, corrections or additions to this archive, especially anecdotes, photos and media are most welcome. Feel free to contact us for a pint and a chat anytime.

The Star Inn

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