Welcome to a new series of feature articles:

People and Places of Geddington.

Our first ‘place’ is The Star Inn at the corner of Bridge Street and West Street, once on the main route through the village and passed by many; from children fetching water from the well to royalty in carriages.

Although too detailed to be told in full here, the story of the public house at the centre of the village will be seen to be a colourful and varied one.


We look too at the characters who have lived there as landlords and who have contributed to the life of the village in more ways than one!

The Star Inn

The Star has been part of village life for over 150 years, though it may have had other names in earlier times.

Now, in 2017, it has new owners, is being refurbished and is set to pick up again its role as one of the key hubs for village events. It has hosted numerous pig roasts, welcomed Boxing Day Squirt teams, run skittle teams, football teams, darts teams, quiz nights, New Year and millennium celebrations as well as offering a warm welcome to villagers and visitors alike, but did you know …

… it has also been an auction house?

Approximately 1910

On 1th March 1895 The Northampton Mercury informed its readers that a property sale had been conducted at The Star Inn. The sale consisted of a stone-built slated dwelling house which was purchased by Mr J Gotch of Kettering for £190. Also sold was a field of arable land (6 acres) on the Stamford Road bought by Mr G Chapman of Geddington for £33.

… it has also been a coroner’s office and mortuary?

Malting Lane 1930s

In September 1887 the Northampton Mercury reported the coroner’s 3 hour inquest session at The Star in connection with ‘The Geddington Murder’ and subtitled ‘A Curious Clue’.  Mr. J.T. Parker was the coroner who had the gruesome task of investigating the circumstances of the death of a female child whose body was found in a ditch on the road between Geddington and Grafton Underwood. The body had been discovered by a woodsman, William Clipstone, who told his ‘mates’ and informed Police Constable Lines. The body was removed to The Star Inn where it was examined by Mr J. W. Dryland. Subsequently a village woman, Mary Ann White, was found guilty of ‘Wilful Murder’ of the child because the child was wrapped in the newspaper found in her cottage.

… it has also played host to The Ancient Order of Forresters – Geddington Chase Branch?

In June 1892, 70 members of the Order sat down to ‘an excellent repast provided by the hostess of the Star Inn. After the cloth had been removed, Mr Cruchington was unanimously voted to the Chair and several songs were rendered by the members. At 5 o’clock the members paraded the village headed by the Walgrave Prize Band with Bros. Wapples, Clipstone, Cooper and J. Clipstone on horseback and Bros Wapples and Lee as attendants in old English costumes. The usual places were visited: The Rectory, Mr Redhead, Mr. Kyle’s, Mr Wetherall’s, The Priory etc where the band played lively airs. Great credit is due to Bros. Wormleighton and Talbot for the able manner in which the marshalling arrangements were carried out. Dancing around the Cross was indulged in, after which the friends sat down to supper when a few songs terminated a pleasant and enjoyable evening.’

These festivities were an annual event and there is a record that at one such celebration Joe Clipstone rode his horse through The Star from the back entrance and out at the front!!

… it has also been a court?

1870 Miss Croot as young girl in doorway, possibly?

A travelling barrister met claimants at the Court of Geddington in The Star in 1862, to resolve a dispute over a will which would determine the rights of two brothers of a business and property their father had left.


The licence was often passed down from father to son, William Abbott taking on the licence from his father John in 1862. By 1871 Frederick Croot, his wife Annie and his family were established as keepers of The Star and remained there for many years. Their daughter Constance became a teacher and is shown in the photograph from the school magazine. Both William and Frederick were charged on occasion for keeping an ‘unruly house’ or opening their premises out of hours! Frederick certainly, and probably William too, brewed his own beer in the kiln down what is now Malting Lane, but was also known as Star Lane and Kiln Lane.

Miss Croot 1926

Next time you drop in for refreshment at this village pub just take a moment to imagine thatch on the roof, an extended corner as it joins West Street, no car park, but instead Granny Hipwell’s cottage at the side of the building and the smell of home brewed beer and a fine fire in the grate. It is unlikely these days that you’d find a horse ridden through the building, but there are other long established traditions of hospitality and community spirit that will  continue on for many years yet.


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Geddington.net has been sent the following message from
John Doran, organiser of the Battle of the Brook 2015:

It is with great regret that ‘The Battle Of the Brook’ scheduled for 31st August 2015 (Bank Holiday Monday), in the Walter Buccleuch Meadows, will NOT now take place.

It is hoped that this event can be rearranged for a future date, where all can enjoy this village tradition.

Both The White Lion and The White Hart will be continuing with live music and food as planned and as previously listed on this site. The Star Inn will also be open on this day.

We still welcome all to Geddington from midday this Bank Holiday to enjoy the food and live entertainment offered by these pubs.”

After a week’s closure,
The Star Inn has opened  again,
under the hand of new manager, Tony Bracken.

Whilst the layout is the same, the pub has a fresh, clean look about it – Tony told geddington.net that he had spent the closure period cleaning the place throughout – and the dining area has been brought back to life.

The kitchen is being completely refitted, so food will be served when that’s finished in a couple of week’s time and diners will be able to sit in comfort in the Restaurant again.

Tony has the following ales available at present: Doombar and Abbots Ale, and will be bringing in Brentwood Pale Ale very soon.

There is a Charity Quiz tonight, 25 August, in aid of Medical Detection Dogs – the charity that trains dogs to recognise the smell of human disease and raise the alarm before symptoms are felt, so helping people with life-threatening health conditions. (www.medicaldetectiondogs.org.uk).

The next Charity Quiz Night will be on 22 September and this one is in aid of Cervical Cancer.

The pub has been running a Bingo Night every second Monday and this will continue, although the next Bingo Night will be on Tuesday 1st September, so avoiding the Bank Holiday Monday.



The Battle is Hotting Up!

With just days to go before the Battle of the Brook is engaged, Geddington.net is able to reveal to readers, the extra events surrounding this ‘once in a decade‘ contest.

The White Lion

– the South side – are putting on a terrific Bar-B-Q from 2pm onwards and will have live music by the very successful band, The Irish Mark – the band who were so popular at the recent Gedd-Stock Festival.

Liz and James will welcome all comers, not just southerners, to their pub garden on Queen Street – and they’re open for lunches beforehand, so why not make a full day of it with the White Lion?

The White Hart

– the North side – are also providing live music, plus a disco dome for kids. There is a communal BBQ, but bring your own meat. Salads will be provided or, if you prefer, a picnic in their West Street garden.

Nicky and her staff and will also welcome all comers, not just northerners, to their premises on West Street. They always give their customers a warm welcome – expect to receive just such a welcome on this special day!

What about the teams?

Well, there has to be some mystery, anticipation and excitement in the build up to the day!

But whoever they  are, the team members will take their rightful place in the village’s history.


Pub Chat

The White Hart


Firstly I must mention Ged-Fest Music Festival, what a wonderful two days were had by everyone. I had been nagged so much to hold this event over two days I finally relented and entered the unknown. I am so glad that I was persuaded as we had such good feedback afterwards. The weather was absolutely fantastic, a fine Saturday night and the Sunday was probably one of the hottest days of the year, we could have been in Spain. The bands: The Contenders, who played for us on the Saturday night, Yodaclub, Bentback Tulips, Nicole Hope and The House Of Paris, who travelled up from Brighton to play for us, The Replicats, and Hogwash, who all played on Sunday were all fantastic.

I WOULD LIKE to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their help to make Ged-Fest such a fantastic success. I have never seen the pub and car park so busy. I would like to especially thank all of the staff that worked so hard, the hog roast man Stuart from Grassmere Farms and his staff never stopped and I have to say the food was delicious! (Consider yourself booked for the next one.) Big, big thank you to everyone who donated money to Prostaid, especially to Delamix, Colemart Growers and Mr & Mrs Goodall, to Stuart Cheeseman from Prostaid, who tirelessly shook a bucket for two days, and to Maxine from Dovecote Buttery for donating strawberries for us to sell. Thanks also go to Andrea Warren for walking tirelessly around the car park selling raffle tickets, Jonathan Greene for the printing, Flapper for sign printing, to Pricey for the staging, and last but not least, my old mate the legendary Mr Bip Wetheral whose advice and support in music matters has kept me sane when I have doubted myself. Continue reading

Ged-Fest 2014,
the free music festival aiming to raise money for charities,
was held at The White Hart in West Street in Geddington
over the weekend of 5-6th July.

The live bands included:

Telstars, The Contenders, Yodaclub
Bentback Tulips, Nicole Hope and House Of Paris
The Replicats, Hogwash.

There were stalls selling hog-roast and ice cream, T-shirts and strawberries.

Nicola Thornton, landlady, tells geddington.net that they raised an impressive £1375 for Prostaid, the charity for prostrate cancer.


The Star Inn enters a new phase of its vary varied life over the centuries, with the arrival this week of Adrian Walters and Eve Jackson as the new landlords.

The Star will be open again from 5pm Friday 8th November.

Adrian told geddington.net that he hopes to welcome old as well as new customers to The Star.

He continued with the information that it will be open every day, all day, from12 noon to closing time and that he intends to use local breweries and change the ales on a regular basis.

Food isn’t on the menu at present – sorry about the pun! – but it will be soon, just keep watching for the information which will be put on the signs outside.

The Star’s light is glowing dimly at present as its patrons prepare to say goodbye to the Traceys. Time will be called for the last time by Vaughan and Joanne on Saturday evening, 2 November.
Thanks should go to them for their efforts behind the bar, and in the kitchen, over the last six months. We wish them well with whatever their future plans may be.
A positive item to record here, is that we will be welcoming two new people who will be occupying the Star by the end of next week. We’ll have news of them in the next couple of weeks.