The Star was a public house and brewing house, part of a block of businesses and homes known as the “Star Buildings”.
They occupied a site in the centre of Heol y Sarn and to the right of the Bear Inn. The buildings were surrounded by the highway on both sides and Victorian schoolchildren were said to play outside by “running around the stars”.
Joseph John the carrier acquired the business after Rev Mr Owen Jenkins in 1786. It was originally the house of Henry Morgan, the alderman and portreeve in 1745, an attorney. After Joseph John’s death in the hulks awaiting transportation in 1793 the house was passed to his son Joseph John Junior, who took it into his own hands as The Star in 1801.
Joseph and his wife Margaret had two daughters who married David Davies (mason) and Robert Terry (miner) who were joint owners of the building in 1840. The Brewhouse was eventually demolished in the 1920s.