Beccles Duke Inn
previously known as Duke of Cumberland
CAMRA North-East Suffolk branch.last updated 14/07/2015
A report in the Ipswich Journal** on 17th Feb in 1860 states that 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. He pleaded guilty and received one month's imprisonment with hard labour.
In East Suffolk Gazette on 18 Jun 1907 the following was reported: "Colchester Brewery Co is to sell the Duke in Ballygate."
A report in the Ipswich Journal** in Feb 1870 states that :
To be sold by auction by the instructions of the Executors of the late Mr Robert Jordan, butcher, the well frequented freehold public house, called the Duke Inn, situated in Ballygate Street, Beccles, in the occupation of Mr Samuel Fiske, a yearly tenant; only outgoing land tax 5s 2d.
(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)