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.
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.
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