Star and Garter

The Star and Garter

The Star & Garter

The village pub is often the centre of village life and the Star & Garter has been serving the community for the last 300 years. Currently owned by the Charles Wells Brewery, it continues the traditions of village pubs. It is now the only public house in the village, but it used to have competition from the Fitzwilliam Arms, the Chelveston Working Mens Club and an off-licence.

The Star & Garter was owned by the Lords of the Manor during the late 1800's and leased to Pickering Phipps & Co of Northampton until they purchased it around 1928. The Phipps Brewery Co and tied houses were acquired by Watney Mann in 1968. More recently, it was purchased by Charles Wells in the 1980s, from a Mr Verani, a millionaire property speculator, who had purchased it from Watney Mann during the sell-off of the tied houses.

A survey of the buildings, undertaken by James Looker as an archaeology student at Leicester University in 2002, dates the earliest parts of the buildings back to around 1650 (the area now the restaurant which was once an adjoining cottage). The main bar area dates from around 1700, whilst the later rooms date from around 1840.

Up until 1946, it only had a 6 day license. It wasn't until Phipps brewery Co closed the Station Hotel, Grendon, when they transferred the license to the Star & Garter, that it could open all week!

The Star and Garter in 1930

Postcard approx 1930 showing the Star & Garter from Raunds Rd.
By kind permission of the late Maynard Baxter.

On the morning of Thursday 24th June 1982, an articulated lorry travelling along the A45 (now B645) toward Higham Ferrers failed to negotiate the sharp bends and ran into the front of the Star & Garter. Luckily neither the tenants (Stewart & Margaret Hammond) who were sleeping in the bedroom above the impact, nor the driver (William Tyler of Penketh, Warrington) were injured.

The pub was re-opened on Wednesday 8th December 1982, by former England Test Cricketer Godfrey Evans. As well as repairing the damage, the pub was extended into the house next door, to form the new restaurant.

Damaged wall at the Star & Garter

Damage caused by an articulated lorry running into the Star & Garter
on the morning of Thursday 24th June 1982

Repairs to the Star & Garter

Repairs underway.

Innkeepers and Landlords

1737 John Hawkes, John Robinson & Anthony Fletcher.

From the Alehouse Keepers Recognisances -

1810 Thomas Chettle
1819 Mary Chettle
1826 John Farrer
1847 William Bonfield
1877 Sarah Bonfield
1881 Joseph Bonfield
1890 Thomas Bonfield
1893 Arthur Blackman

1900 John Mitchell
1907 Ernest Joseph Stock
1910 William Thomas Brittin
1912 Bartlett Arthur Tiney
1917 Mary Tiney
1919 Bartlett Arthur Tiney
1928 Walter Denton
1931 George Arthur Tilley
1940 Albert James Grant
1942 Arthur Charles Gaunt
1944 Horace Bertie Saddington
1957 Ernest Donald Atkins
1968 Walter Richard Wood
1971 Arthur Reu Birtchnell
1982 Stewart & Margaret Hammond
1989 Frank & Margaret Coe
1994 Robin & Joan Meeson

2007 Paul & Shelley Briggs
2008 Andrea Claydon
2019 Naomi Abbott