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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

NAME STAR
ADDRESS 71 COX STREET
ALTERNATIVE ADDRESSES 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.

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Cox Street looking northwards towards Ford Street c1910. The Walsall Arms is on the left.

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Cox Street looking southwards towards the junction of Earl Street and Gosford Street. The pub on the corner of New Street in the centre of this picture was known as The Livery Stables.

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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