The Seven Stars pub to close

The Seven Stars pub to close

Laura Enfield

The Seven Stars pub to close

A 400-year-old pub will close its doors in two weeks.

The Seven Stars in Bath Road, Knowl Hill is being shut down by Brakspear Pub Company.

Employee Stephen Denny said the last pint would be pulled at an all day party on Sunday, February 26.

He had worked there for five years and said: "The regulars are all very upset.

"I don't know what we'll do.

"All we know is that we have to be out by March 1 and it will be boarded up."

According to English Heritage the origins of the old coaching inn stretch back to the 17th century.

The buildings are all listed and are said to be haunted by up at least four ghosts; a horseman dressed in black; a headless woman and a phantom hound in company with a woman wearing a bonnet.

Brakspear confirmed the pub was shutting but did not comment on its plans for the building.

The closure will also mean Maidenhead Folk Club will be left without a home just weeks before its 40th anniversary celebrations.

It has met at the pub every Thursday for the last seven years, free of charge, and is now on an urgent hunt for a replacement.

Member Mark Ashworth said it will be forced to rent a venue in the short-term but cannot afford to do that permanently.

The 50-year-old of The Crescent said: "It's quite sad that it is happening just before our anniversary as we had a program of events planned.

He added: "It would be very sad if the club had to close down. That is a worry because most places are looking for quite a substantial rental fee but we just can't afford it."

The club is attended by up to 40 people each week with most of them taking a turn on the stage at open mic nights.

It also hosts well-known guest artists such as Dave Swarbrick, John Kirkpatrick and Peter Bellamy.

If you can help find the club a new venue contact Tony and Pearl O'Neill on 01189 448269.

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