Somersham Duke of Marlborough
also traded as as: Marlborough Head, Marlbro Headhistorical era: 21st century
opened 15th cent
closed October 2014
Main Rd, IP8 4QA
grid reference TM 084 487Something we've got wrong about this establishment? Something more you think we should know about it? Please email us
listed building grade II
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Local licensing authority for Somersham is Mid Suffolk
CAMRA Ipswich & East Suffolk branch.
last updated 20/03/2017
This 15th century inn was, of late, mainly used as a restaurant at weekends but was still also used as a village local at times.
There were two hand-pumps offering Adnams Southwold and Broadside when last visited.
The pub closed after xmas 2014, as the current owners have retired. The village is hoping to buy the building to run it as a community asset. See Save the Duke for more information if you'd like to get involved.
On October 27th it was announced that the campaign has raised enough money to buy the pub and their offer on the building has been accepted. However, they still need to raise more money in order to get it in a suitable state to reopen.
Until it's ready for full trading, the pub is open occasionally for weekend social nights.
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(1891 census information from Dudley Diaper)
(some old PO directory information courtesy of londonpublichouse.com)
(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)
John Churchill (1650-1722) was the first Duke of Marlborough and became a famous soldier & statesman under James II, William III and Queen Anne - who gave him not just the title but also Blenheim Palace from a grateful nation after winning the War of Spanish Succession.