Ye Olde Starre
7-9 Purewell, Christchurch, Dorset
This was originally a 17th century building. It was also a centre for smugglers. This Old Starre is an early Victorian building on two storeys. It is cream rendered with dark green woodwork. Nearby, on the river is a copy of the old wooden ducking stool. Originally, the ducking stool had been used as a form of punishment for scolds. It was for nagging wives between the 15th and 18th centuries. Any woman who had been sentenced by the Court Leet was raised and lowered into the millstream, as often as the sentence directed. This was ‘in order to cool her immoderate heat’. The ghosts who frequent this pub include an old woman with a leathery skin. A hunched back, with the other is a man in early 19th century labourer’s clothing.