The Duke of Wellington was known as the Wellington Hotel in late Victorian and Edwardian times. In the 1891 and 1903 licensing books of Gloucestershire the inn is tied to Dunnell’s Brewery of Banbury. This was quite a rare brew in Gloucestershire and the Wellington was one of only three Gloucestershire pubs to sell Dunnell’s beer (the other two were the Plough at Cold Aston and the White Lion in Moreton in Marsh).
Hunt Edmunds of Banbury acquired Dunnell’s in January 1918 with 35 tied houses and, subsequently, Hunt Edmunds was taken over by Bass, Mitchells and Butlers Ltd.
The Duke of Wellington is now owned by Charles Wells of Bedford (Wells and Youngs Brewery). The pub is ideally positioned in the picturesque tourist trap of Bourton on the Water. The River Windrush runs through the pubs garden.
Map Reference: SP 167207
Owner in 1891: Dunnell & Sons, Banbury
Rateable value in 1891: £24.0s.0d.
Type of licence in 1891: Alehouse
Owner in 1903: Dunnell & Sons, Banbury
Rateable value in 1903: £24.0s.0d.
Type of licence in 1903: Alehouse
Closing time in 1903: 10pm
Landlords at the Duke of Wellington include:
1856 F. Stokey
1885 A. Austin Stokey (the Stokeys moved to the Railway Hotel)
1891 George Norborn
1901 Isaac Bray (Isaac was married to Sibil)
1903,1906 Charles May
1919,1927 William Rose
1939 Harold Stanley Palmer
? Jim Lewis
1962 -1972 Jack Hutton
1972 -1981 Jack Frederick Sach DFC, AFC, RAF (retired)
1981 -1984 Anthony David Wisdom
2000 Andy Tonge
2010 Chris and Tina Foster, Tony Barnfield and Denise Jeffrey-Jones