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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."
last updated 13/10/2013
(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)