22 Nelson Street in 1906 & 1939 directories.

Gloucester Journal: November 10th, 1877 – A fire broke out in a stable at the back of the Duke of York Inn, Stroud. By the plucky behaviour of the stable boy, aged 12, a horse was released and just saved from burning. There was no water and consequently the floor, roof and contents of the stable were burnt and damage done amounting to £14 or £15.

The Citizen: ‘Five Valley Talk’, Wednesday 8th July 1987: A former accountant for a large concrete company is building a new career for himself behind the bar of the Duke of York in Nelson Street. Running a pub is a new venture for Mr Michael Donohoe but, with the help of his wife Sandra, he has quickly taken to the task and is settling in well. The couple and their twin daughters Carla and Kelly moved to Stroud from London and since then have been working to improve facilities at the pub. Work has been going on both inside and out with particular attention to the kitchen area and overall refurbishing. Mr Donohoe explained that he was aiming for the ‘discerning drinker’, offering a large selection of real ales in an older style pub. The couple’s efforts are already proving their worth with the number of customers using the pub increasing.

In 2003 the Duke of York started hosting live comedy nights on the first Wednesday of every month. The Duke of York claims to be “neither halfway up or halfway down Nelson Street.”

June 2010

Licensing Details:

Owner in 1891: Godsell & Sons, Salmon Springs Brewery, Stroud

Rateable value in 1891: £26.0s.0d.

Type of licence in 1891: Alehouse

Owner in 1903: Godsell & Sons, Salmon Springs Brewery, Stroud

Rateable value in 1903: £26.10s.0d.

Type of licence in 1903: Alehouse

Landlords at the Duke of York include:

1830 John Thornton

1843 Mrs Joyce Thornton ‘died on 15th October 1843 at the Duke of York, aged 72’

1856 P. Mills

1885 William Barnabus Webb

1891 William Lewis

1902,1903 Frederick Percy William Godwin

1906 Harry Jackson

1919,1939 Alfred Ernest Chapman (was landlord of the Cross, Woodchester in 1903)

1983,1984 Bryan Taylor

1987 Michael and Sandra Donohoe

2004 Cam Robertson (pub manager)

2007 Anne Thomas (landlady), Roly Apperley (pub manager)

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