previously known as Duke of Wellington
last updated 07/02/2013
The 1891 census lists the pub in Willow Bank. Willowbank is shown as an area on the south side of Church Street, opposite St Mary's Church, on an 1886 map.
(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)
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.