Sort file:- St Marys/Pauls Cray, April, 2023.

Page Updated:- Thursday, 27 April, 2023.


Earliest 1861-

Old Star

Closed pre 2008

27 High Street

St Mary Cray

Old Star

Above photo, date unknown.

Old Star

Above photo, date unknown.

Old Star

Above postcard, date unknown.

Old Star

Above postcard, date unknown.

Old Star back

Above photo, date unknown.

Old Star licensees 1930s

Above photo, circa 1930s showing licensees Mr & Mrs Mitchell.

Old Star 2015

Above Google image, September 2015.


The pub closed, prior to 2009 and was converted into flats.


Kentish Mercury, Saturday 3 July 1869.

Easy Consequences.

John Bell, papermaker, was charged with attempted to steal money from the till of the "Old Star Inn," St. Mary Cray, the property of Mr. H. Tyrer.

Mr. Alsop appeared for prosecutor, and called Miss Francis Tyrer, who deposed that she was serving behind the bar, and had occasion to go to the front door whilst Bell was at the bar. Hearing money rattle she turned around and saw him with his arm over the counter in the act of taking money from the till. On perceiving that he was detected he dropped the money back into the till, and she asked him how he dared to touch the till, and he made no reply. Mr. J. Steadman corroborated this evidence, and Sergeant Higgins stated that the prisoner said, when taken into custody, that he was only touching the till to show how easily it could be robbed.

The bench committed in for trial, accepting bail.


Maidstone Journal and Kentish Advertiser, Saturday 13 May 1871.

Bromley Petty Sessions.

The Bench allowed the transfer of a public house licence, viz., the "Old Star," at St. Mary Cray, from Mr. Henry Tyrer, to Mr. Alexander Thompson.


Bromley & District Times, Friday 11 July 1890.


Thomas Peters and James French, fruit pickers, were charged with having been drunk at St. Mary Cray on the previous Saturday evening. Police Constable Cadman said the men were ejected from the "Star" public house, and thereupon became very noisy. A crowd assembled, and they were therefore taken into custody.

Defendant pleaded "they were doing nothing."

The Chairman pointing out that the Magistrates were dealing very leniently with the case, in finding them 5s. and 3s. costs.

Bridget Hannett was also charged with a similar offence.

Police Constable Hills said she was ejected from the "Five Bells Inn," and became very noisy in the street.

The Chairman fined her 5s. and 2s. 6d. costs.


Bromley & District Times, Friday 10 March 1893.

Licensing Business.

At the Bromley Petty Sessions, on Monday, the following licensing matters were disposed of.

A protection order was granted to George Henry Holloway from Fred Tappenden, and respect to the licence of the "Old Star," St. Mary Cray.


From 22 July 2011.

Police raid cannabis factory in old Old Star pub, St Mary Cray.

POLICE uncovered a cannabis factory containing more than 100 plants when they raided an old pub in St Mary Cray.

The Cray Valley East safer neighbourhood team burst into the premises, which has been converted into flats, and found 116 plants and drug related paraphernalia at around 11am yesterday (July 21).

An electrical engineer was called because the people responsible for the factory, in the basement just off the communal area, had overridden the electricity meter and were abstracting power directly from the mains.

The raid at the old "Old Star" pub at the corner of Star Lane and the High Street is the latest in a series of operations on the ward this year to crackdown on drugs related crime.

No arrests have been made to date and police enquiries are continuing.

PC Faye Carter, from the safer neighbourhood team, said: "This seizure is a fine example of police and community working together tackle the problem of illegal drug supply.

“Aside from being illegal, cannabis factories are very dangerous to surrounding properties and residents, as the tampered wiring make them highly unstable and a serious fire hazard."



TOWNSEND Philip 1861+ (age 65 in 1861Census)

TYRER Henry 1869-May/1871

THOMPSON Alexander May/1871+

TAPPENDEN Fred 1891-July/93

HOLLOWAY George Henry July/1893+

DAY Francis ????

MITCHELL John Edward 1901-38+ (age 44 in 1901Census) Kelly's 1903



Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903


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