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Bury St Edmunds Star Inn
also traded as as: One Starhistorical closure era: mid 20th century
9 or 10 Mustow St
The Star Inn was demolished in the 1920s for road-widening.
It's also been listed at 12 Mustow Street in 1844 and at 9 Mustow Street in 1891.
Researching my maternal grandmothers family I discovered they once lived in Mustow St. only a couple of doors away from the Star Inn. This wonderful street scene (see main picture) shows what I believe is the Star (with huge chimneys). regards, Anthony Worman
Nearby to the Fox was the Star Inn, which, while only a small distance from the Fox, was within Mustow Street. Mustow Street turns into Eastgate Street when the road reaches the Broadway at the bend in the road. The Star had been here for at least 200 years, and was an old timber framed building. It had been a Carriers Inn, but the obvious narrowness of the road at this point was its undoing. It was scheduled for demolition, along with a row of houses, to widen Mustow Street to allow two way traffic, and to allow a pavement to be built alongside the Abbey wall. The Star was closed in 1923 and demolished soon afterwards. This picture shows "the large yard of the Star Inn at Bury where the carriers foregathered," according to the notation on the rear of the photograph sold on E-Bay in 2013. It also shows the extensive stables, and one hand cart with the legend "Stetchworth Dairies". The date of this picture is not known, but Stetchworth Dairies were located at 15/16 The Traverse and Mr Henry Adams was the manager. At the Star Mrs Eleanor Nightingale was the Landlady here in 1908.
The pub is shown (though not named) on this old OS map from about the end of the 19th century. larger map
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(1861 census information from Malcolm Fairley)
(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)
Old OS map reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland.