History of the Duke of Wellington at Worcester in the county of Worcestershire. Research is augmented with photographs, details of licensees, stories of local folklore, census data, newspaper articles and a genealogy connections section for those studying their family history.


Duke of Wellington
Duke of Wellington

Some History of this Pub
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.
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Licensees of this Pub
1851 - William Brooking
1882 - Anne Bennett
1891 - Arthur John Blanford
1892 - John Bladon
1905 - Edward Crump

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Inn Sign
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Worcester CAMRA
Worcester City Museums
Worcester News
Worcestershire County Council

Now, That's What I Call a Hoppy Head

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"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

Newspaper Articles
Tavern in Birdport c.1890
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.

Newspaper Articles
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Trade Directories
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

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