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Duke Of Wellington

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The Duke Of Wellington was situated at The Tuckies, a hamlet near to Jackfield. Prior to its demolition in 1964, it was owned by Banks Brewery, who also owned the neighbouring Boat Inn, but the photograph indicates that the prominent 3-storey Duke of Wellington had its own brewhouse and locals refer to it has having also has a pig sty. Upon demolition, the old cellar was used as a landfill site for the bricks from the old inn and more recently the new landowners have excavated the old bricks and piled them up at the left hand side of the site once occupied by The Duke of Wellington. As of early 2011, the entirety of the old cellar, complete with arch and steps is completely exposed.

In 1922 landlord Ralph Rockingham, who never really recovered from war wounds resulting in a foot being amputated, died of a haemorrhage at The Duke of Wellingon, aged just 33. A keen bowls player, he had only been there about 3 years and upon his death, his wife Mrs Rockingham then took on the licence. Earlier, in 1910, the Landlord of The Duke of Wellington was recorded as Walter E. Parcel, his wife Mrs Parcel being the landlady and Fanny Kersley being the barmaid. Prior to that, in September 1903, the Duke of Wellington was sold at auction (at the Tontine Hotel, Ironbridge with Barber & Sons as the auctioneers) to the Lichfield Brewery Company for 1,050, plus an extra 40 5s for fixtures. The adjoining piece of land was sold at the same time to Messrs. Maw for 90. The auction followed the death of landlord Mr James Daniel Smith whose funeral was held in Jackfield church by Rev. J. Marsden Edwards (Rector of Jackfield). We know that J.D. Smith had been landlord for at least 6 years owing to his existence in The Wellington Journal back in 1897 when it was reported that he had been instructed by the council's surveyor to attend to the nuisance caused by drainage problems with the cellar there.


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