In the light of the government announcement of March 20th, all pubs are now closed until further notice.
Some of them may well still be offering a takeaway beer service and some others will also be selling food takeaways, perhaps even with delivery. If you can give any of our pubs some support through these terrible times by buying some takeaway food or drink, please do so. Our pubs need as much support of possible if they're going to still be there for us when the crisis is over.
Withersfield Duke Inn
Withersfield Duke Inn
also traded as Duke of Wellington
Closed between 1951 and 1960?.
grid reference TL 659 482
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, this 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. larger map
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 londonpublichouse.com)
(1861 census information from Malcolm Fairley)
(***Original source of documentation transcribed by Graham Nunn)