Somersham Duke of Marlborough
previously known as Marlborough Head, Marlbro Head
opened 15th cent
closed October 2014
Main Rd, IP8 4QA
grid reference TM 084 487
listed building grade II
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last updated 30/01/2015
This 15th century inn is now mainly used as a restaurant at weekends but is still also used as a village local at times.
Two hand-pumps offering Adnams Southwold and Broadside when last visited.
The pub faces closure after xmas 2014 as the current owners are retiring. 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.
(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.