This public house was towards the Powick Lane end of Birdport. The census of
1881 shows that it was next to Chapel House, then in the occupation of the
railway signalman Thomas Stokes.
William and Catherine Brooking were mine hosts of the Duke of Wellington in
1851. The couple had previously run the Britannia Inn at Tewkesbury.
Anne Bennett was landlady of the house in the early 1880's. She was the daughter
of George Bennett, the Sheriff's Officer. She took in a good number of lodgers
at the household.
Gloucester-born carpenter Arthur Blanford was the licensee of the Duke of
Wellington at the time of the 1891 census. He kept the tavern with his wife
Agnes who also worked as a tailoress.
As part of a slum clearance, the area around Birdport and Bull Entry was cleared
during the 1930's.
© Copyright. Images supplied by Digital Photographic
1851 - William Brooking
1882 - Anne Bennett
1891 - Arthur John Blanford
1892 - John Bladon
1905 - Edward Crump
If you have a genealogy story or query regarding this pub you can
contact me and I will post it here in addition to including your message within the website pages for
Details to follow..
Map to follow..
Worcester City Museums
Worcestershire County Council
"The ale which could be had for fourpence a pot, Now must be had for one and
four the jolly lot;
Let workingman combine to keep down the price, The Brewers and publicans will
climb down in a trice.
So at this price let Mr Bung keep his beer, If it's good it make you well, but
too much makes you queer,
It's too much to pay for such dear doubtful stuff;
So I'm trying to do without it; my name is John Hadenough.”
Mr Bung's Beer - It's Prohibitive Price' 1917
This Victorian photograph of Birdport shows a public house but, frustratingly, I
cannot make out the name of the publican above the door so I am not sure which
pub it is. There were three public houses trading in Birdport during this
period: the Plume of Feathers, Red Cow and Duke of Wellington.
Details to follow....
Kelly's 1892 Directory lists the following people trading in Birdport....
Anthony Arkwell, Shopkeeper
Thomas Cook, Umbrella Repairer
Mrs Mary Dowling, Wardrobe Dealer
Benjamin Ford, Red Cow
Alfred William Hart, Plume of Feathers
John William Jenkins, Shopkeeper
Mrs Eliza Lawrence, Shopkeeper
Charles Long, Shopkeeper
Philip Matthews, Shopkeeper
Jane Onslow, Wardrobe Dealer
Edward Powell, Shopkeeper
Mrs Louisa Price, Fruiterer
Thomas Roberts, Chimney Sweep
Thomas Scott, Shopkeeper
Henry Shotton, Bootmaker