Withersfield Duke Inn

Withersfield Duke Inn

also traded as Duke of Wellington

North, 52.10782,0.42123

Closed: between 1951 and 1960?

Rose Hill

grid reference TL 659 482

Old OS map:

interactive map

old OS map

The Duke Inn has been found on OS maps as late as 1951, but is not shown on subsequent sheets (the next being 1960, so perhaps it closed between those dates?)

Unfortunately the building is completely surrounded by high vegetation; our photo is the best that could be obtained without trespassing.

The 1891 census lists the pub in Willow Bank. This is shown as an area on the south side of Church Street, opposite St Mary's Church, on an 1886 map. However, the old OS map from about the end of the 19th century clearly shows the Duke Inn to be in the north-east of the settlement.

The pub was known as the Duke of Wellington before 1874.

I'm contacting you in relation to the page on your website devoted to the now closed Duke (of Wellington) in Withersfield, Suffolk…








In 1830 the Duke of Wellington was Prime Minister when the the Beer Act was introduced to help create Beer Houses - a new lower tier of premises permitted to sell alcohol. Under the 1830 Act any householder who paid rates could apply, with a one-off payment of two guineas, to sell beer or cider in their home (usually the front parlour) and even brew on the premises. The permission did not extend to the sale of spirits or fortified wines.

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

(some old PO directory information courtesy of

(1861 census information from Malcolm Fairley)

(***Original source of documentation transcribed by Graham Nunn)

Old OS map reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland.