The Star Inn was at the crossroads of New Street, Bisley Street and Gloucester Street. First licensed in 1736. A well known clock maker by the name of Hitchings owned and ran the Star Inn for many years whilst continuing with his clock making business.
The Star Inn had a large upstairs function room, which was much favoured by local bands and drama groups for rehearsal.
The Star Inn closed in November 1971, as a policy of Whitbread Flowers Ltd to create fewer and better pubs. Painswick Parish Council made enquiries to save the Star Inn pub sign. A councillor said: “It is a pity for bits of the old village to vanish. I think villages should get together and preserve their old bits and pieces, which otherwise might be thrown on the scrap heap.”
Map Reference: SO 867098
Owner in 1891: Holmes, Harper & Co.
Rateable value in 1891: £11.0s.0d.
Type of licence in 1891: Alehouse
Owner in 1903: Nailsworth Brewery
Rateable value in 1903: £11.0s.0d.
Type of licence in 1903: Alehouse
Landlords at the Star Inn include:
1781 Henry Spring
1856 J. Savory
1885,1891 Charles White
1902 George Lear
1903,1906 James Joseph Ponting
1919,1939 Herbert Barrington Bloxham
1968-1971 Douglas Smith (moved to the Crown at Stroud)