New Star Inn

The Star is one of the more common English pub names and generally harks back to that era when not everyone could read and write, and pubs relied on easily recognizable signs to advertise themselves. So popular was this essentially religious symbol that from 1634 onwards a sixteen-pointed star has appeared on the arms of the Worshipful Company of Innkeepers.

More often than not the name ‘New’ or ‘Old’ Star suggests that another pub of the same name had opened close by, thereby prompting one or the other to adopt the qualifying adjective. Certainly Queen Street, wherein the New Star was to be found, was not short of pubs: in the mid-nineteenth century there were at least eleven here at one time, with dozens more in the neighbouring streets.

For the record the New Star appears to have closed sometime around 1910, becoming a fish and chip shop during the Great War.


1830 - Charles Palmer
1844 - Mary Palmer
1847 - Ann McGugan
1857 - John Fenney
1867 - Thomas Peek
1877 - W Allen
1880 - H Ivey
1895 - Mrs W Ivey
1903 - F Dunstan