The Duke of York is an eighteenth century brick house which conceals an earlier sixteenth century interior. The Duke of York was once the headquarters of the United Friendly Society. In 1832 the treasurer William Hale was found guilty of stealing £39 from the society’s funds and was transported to Australia for life.

In 1960 a forgotten cellar was discovered which was full of old beer and marble topped lemonade bottles.

The Duke of York closed down in 1999. In September 2005 the old pub was converted into the offices of the accountancy firm Waugh Haines & Rigby and £170,000 was spent on the project. Thankfully the new owners were very careful to retain as many original period features connected with the Duke of York as possible. The etched windows bearing the name ‘Duke of York’ have been restored and still grace the outside of the building.

The pub sign is now hanging on the wall in the main corridor and a large mirror from the pub is now in the conference room. The wooden interior beams that had been covered over when the pub was in business have now been revealed in their full glory.

Map Reference: SO 894327

Licensing Details:

Owner in 1891: Annie Elizabeth Insall

Rateable value in 1891: £26.0s.0d.

Type of licence in 1891: Alehouse

Owner in 1903:  Flowers & Sons, Brewers, Stratford on Avon

Rateable value in 1903: £52.0s.0d.

Type of licence in 1903: Alehouse

Closing time in 1903: 11pm

Landlords at the Duke of York include:

1774-1777 Thomas Hazle

1777-1781 Richard Roberts

1781-1793 Sarah Roberts (widow)

1793-1794 William Moore Jnr.

1794-1795 William Cooper

1795-1797 Robert Townley

1797-1810 Joseph Hignell

1810,1841 Thomas Hignell

1830 John Gaddes

1841-1845 Thomas Brown

1845 John Rawlings

1852-1853 Brothwell Dixon

1853-1864 William Andrews

1864-1866 Mary Ann Andrews (widow)

1876-1891 Richard Edward Insall

1891 Annie Elizabeth Insall 

1897 J. Robbins

1899-1907 Ralph James

1907-1933 Herbert Simmons

1933-1934 George Pendell

1934-1940 Mrs Sarah J. Pendell (widow)

1940 Charles Devereux

1953 Charles H. Williams

1953 Nicholas Burke

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