Bury St Edmunds Duke of Wellington (Wellington)historical era: late 20th century
37 Prospect Row
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CAMRA West Suffolk & Borders branch.
last updated 14/07/2015
Demolished for the new retail development in 2009.
An earlier pub of the same name (Wellington) was closed in Sparhawk st in 1824
A report in the Ipswich Journal** in Feb 1870 states that : Died on the 2nd, after a few days illness, Mr John Hill, of the Duke of Wellington beer house, Prospect Row, Bury.
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(1861 census information from Malcolm Fairley)
(some old PO directory information courtesy of londonpublichouse.com)
(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)
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.