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PUB LIST PUBLIC HOUSES Paul Skelton & Rory Kehoe

Earliest 1747

(Name from)

Duke William

Latest 1758

(Name to)

Church Hill

Harbledown

 

Originally called the "White Horse" this pub changed name in 1747 to the "Duke William." It was stated as early as 1419 that the "White Horse" was situated next to the "Duke's Head." From that information there would have been the "Duke William" and the "Duke's Head" next to each other.

Just to confuse things more, in 1758 the "Duke William" changed name to the "Duke of Cumberland. Still showing two Duke's apparently next to each other.

 In 1747 the "Duke William" licensee is listed as John Oakenfold, who died in 1750. He was succeeded by his widow, Ann, who was licensee for many years. The "Duke William" became the "Duke of Cumberland" in 1758 and seems to have closed sometime around 1820. From all this, it seems likely that there were two pubs, which merged under one roof, or one closed and the surviving pub changed its name.

The picture happily shows both the "White Horse" (now Pear Tree Cottage) and the "Duke's Head"/"Duke of Cumberland" (now Cumberland Cottage.)

 

LICENSEE LIST

OAKENFOLD John 1747-50 dec'd

OAKENFOLD Ann 1750+

 

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