The Star’s Past, Present and Future

  The Star has a rich and varied history. It’s believed a pub stood on this rural site since at least the 17th Century.

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*Former Landlord and Landlady, Mr & Mrs Nunn, Their daughter knew Laurel and Hardy and invited them to stay!

Thousands have since passed through this three-gabled 19th Century country pub, drunk in the spacious beer garden, lunched and dined at the bar, if only walls could talk!

Two antique images inside are well worth a second look.

One is a remarkably clear photograph of a coach and six horses at the end of the 19th Century. The postilion, driver and horn-sounding coachman wait outside, its load of elegantly-dressed lady travellers gaze at the camera with demure expectancy.

The other is a water colour of a picturesque 17th Century thatched cottage painted by the Reverend Geo. Packer – former rector of Tickenham. It depicts the original Star Inn which was fated for demolition after falling into ruin.

Then, horses were watered, fed, and if necessary, changed.  The old stables are still there as is the well – although the environmentally-friendly water-source is now used to keep the garden green and flowers blooming.

In the 1900s The Star was the first stop for a Clevedon-Bristol-Bath coach service organized by a Mr. Harris who is the gentleman with the top hat, standing by one of the horses in the photograph. He was said to be connected with the Wiltshire bacon curing business, so it’s good to know The Star still prioritizes fresh, local food.

Customers were mainly local miners who worked coal seams until 1880. There are even several rights of way still in existence from when coal cutters took post-beer short cuts to the pit.

Former landlord Mr Leslie Nunn swapped engineering in Bristol in the 1940s for pulling pints in the countryside of the inn. Then lighting was flickering oil. There was no telephone, and water was obtained from the mill stream running at the foot of the village. During this time Tickenham grew, with many modern up-market homes built along the main road.

The next landlord was a Mr. Reg. Rawlings, whose son Mr. R. G. Rawlings, became a well known Clevedon undertaker.

Skittles and Rifles

The Star acquired local fame for its multi-purpose skittle alley which transformed into a rifle range and practice space for bowls players.

Marksmen from Clevedon, Bristol, Portishead, Nailsea and Tickenham pitted their rifle-skills with target cards in the lobby to testify to their accuracy. Skittle players regularly won championships of the Clevedon and Nailsea skittles league.

 

During World War II several stick bombs and landmines headed for Bristol fell close to The Star resulting in blast damage. The pub also acted as an Air Raid Precautions Post.

Post-War, with the rise of car ownership The Star became a favourite watering hole with visitors tramping up to see ancient Bronze Age Cadbury Camp and the Roman horse-rings.

A fair number of Bristol variety touring artistes turned up for a country jaunt including Randolph Sutton; Albert Whelan; Leslie Hutchinson (Hutch); Betty Warren; Tommy Brendan; Leslie Henson; George Jay and Teddy Brown.

Check out our collection of images from times gone by.