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Beccles Duke Inn

Beccles Duke Inn

also traded as Duke of Cumberland, Duke's Head

Closed about 1907

18 Ballygate

grid reference TM 420 902

Many thanks to Peter Bardwell for making the connection between this pub and a previously unidentified old pub at this location.

This building is now called Cumberland House. Even now, the building still retains its sign-hanger.

George Smith, a vagrant, was charged with having stolen a sheet, the property of Sarah Warne, landlady of the Duke Inn, Beccles. After Smith had lodged at the Duke Inn for two nights Warne was visited by Super-Intendant Hastings who informed her that her lodger had sold a sheet which they believed belonged to her. Unfortunately for Smith person who bought the sheet was the local constable who thought something was wrong…

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(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)

(some old PO directory information courtesy of londonpublichouse.com)

(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)

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