The Duke of York is a 19th century Cotswold stone building. The pub was named after the Lords of the Manor, the Mortimers, who were Dukes of York. The Duke of York was described in the 1980 edition of CAMRA’s ‘Real Ale in Gloucestershire’ as a ‘friendly village pub in depths of village. Narrow roads make it hard to find.’ Whitbread P.A. and Bitter were served on hand pump. Whitbread put the Duke of York up for sale in September 1991 and it was soon delicensed and converted to residential use.

Stroud News, February 18th 1899 – Alleged gaming on licensed premises at Chalford: Thomas Mabbett, the landlord of the Duke of York Inn, Chalford, was summoned for having permitted gaming to take place on his licensed premises on February 3rd 1899. Mr A.H.G. Heelas defended. – William Deane (15), of France Lynch, said that on the night in question he went to the inn. In the bar he and others on the “ring board”. They formed sides – three against three and played for cigarettes and pennies. They had six or seven games and the result was that he (the witness) lost every time, altogether he lost 6d or 7d. They drank beer and orangeade and left the Inn just before 11 o’clock.

Mrs Mabbett supplied witness and his step-brother with beer. He did not see defendant there that night, but heard him in another room. – Albert Barrett (15), of Chalford Hill, said he played only four times against his companions’ eight and he lost 3d. He drank beer. The landlord could have seen them playing as he passed. The other boys playing were in Court, but the Bench did not see fit to call them.

Mr Supt. Harrison remarked that these “ring boards” were only too common in the district. The respective ages of the boys were 13,14,15 and 17. Mr Heelas said he could not seriously dispute the facts of the case, but he thought the offence could not be regarded as a very serious one. The Chairman said it was a grave matter that boys should be allowed to gamble in this way.

The defendant would be fined £1 and 17s, costs and allowances for witnesses. The licence of the public house would be endorsed. The defendant remarked that there were not half-a-dozen public houses in Gloucestershire that had not got these boards and he thought he was doing no harm. He declined to pay the fine and expressed willingness to go to Gloucester.

The Citizen. Wednesday, June 12th, 1991 – Pubs for sale. Six more pubs have been added to the Whitbread brewery for sale list. The pubs are being sold in response to Government requirements following the monopolies and mergers commission report. Whitbread have named the following Gloucestershire pubs which will be sold: Duke of York, Chalford Hill, Stroud (£130,000 guide price); New Red Lion, Chalford Stroud (£150,000); Plough Inn, Corse Lawn, Staunton; (£130,000) Rising Sun, Ruspidge; Royal Foresters, Littledean Hill, Cinderford; Yeoman Hotel, Southgate Street, Gloucester (£160,000).

Stroud News & Journal, August 24th 2005. Property. ‘Handsome Period House’: The Old Duke of York, Chalford Hill, Stroud. £599,995.

Formerly a local inn, The Old Duke of York is a detached Cotswold stone built property, which has origins in the early 18th Century. Restored as a private home, the property displays many period and original style features in particular an inglenook fireplace, million windows, exposed beams and timbers.

The accommodation is arranged on two floors with sitting / dining room with an inglenook and winding staircase, living room, kitchen / breakfast room, utility and cloakroom on the ground floor. There are five bedrooms, bathrooms and separate WC on the first floor and a staircase gives access to a large attic room. To one side of the house is an attached garage, workshop and store, whilst in the rear garden is a detached two-storey stone built out building.

Gardens extend to over one third of an acre and are arranged to the front and rear with ample off-road parking provided to the side and on the drive at the rear.

Map Reference: SO 897029

Licensing Details:

Owner in 1891: Marchioness De Lastyrie (leased Stroud Brewery)

Rateable value in 1891: £10.7s.0d.

Type of licence in 1891: Alehouse

Owner in 1903: Stroud Brewery

Rateable value in 1903: £10.7s.0d.

Type of licence in 1903: Alehouse

Landlords at the Duke of York include:

1856 T. Hawkins

1885 Jasper Couldrey

1891 Edgar Arnold

1899 Thomas Mabbett

1902,1903 Abraham Bromley Johnson

1906 Edward John Giffard

1919 Robert C. Plank

1927 John Hy. Crook (to British Oak before WW2)

1939 Ernest O. Land

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