The Citizen: Friday, September 8th, 1989 – Pub toasts its history: The Star Inn at Kingswood, near Wotton-under-Edge, has reopened after a multi-thousand pound facelift with a new name from centuries ago. Regulars John Norton and Edith Knight, who won a competition to chose the name, helped Whitbread Flowers brewery bosses unveil a brand new sign at the Dinnywicks Inn.

Dinneywicks is the Anglo-Saxon name for a hill close to the pub and the sign depicts a former Duke of Beaufort who dodged payment at a toll gate by jumping over it on his horse. The Dinneywicks has been given a major refurbishment to create one large lounge area, from the two former bars, with the addition of a family room.

Image courtesy Matt Bigwood
Image courtesy Matt Bigwood

The Dinneywicks was acquired by Wadworth, brewers of Devizes, Wiltshire, in 1991. It was said then that the name referred to the name of a field at the back of the village. The owner of the field levied a toll because it straddled a highway. Another local story is that the nearby Dinneywicks Hill was a burial ground for horses in the English Civil War.

The pub, free from tie, is now known as the Village Inn.

Image courtesy Matt Bigwood

Photo August 2022
Tim Birt inside the Village Inn – Photo August 2022

Licensing Details:

Map Reference: ST 747918

Owner in 1891: Arnold Perrett & Co. Ltd., Wickwar Brewery

Rateable Value in 1891: £9.10s.0d.

Type of licence in 1891: Beerhouse

Owner in 1903: Arnold Perrett & Co. Ltd., Wickwar Brewery

Rateable Value in 1903: £16.0s.0d.

Type of licence in 1903: Beerhouse

Closing time in 1903: 10pm

Landlords at the Star Inn / Dinneywicks Inn include:

1891,1903 Henry Terrett

1939 Thomas Humphrey Fitzherbert  Jones

1997 Bob Williams

2000 Keith Thomas

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