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Earliest ????

Duke of Wellington

Closed ????


Collier Street

Duke of Wellington

Above photo date unknown, by kind permission of Eric Hartland.

Duke Inn

Above photo, date unknown, kindly sent by Debi Birkin.

Duke of Wellington

Above postcard, date unknown.

Duke of Willington 1930

Above postcard, 1930, kindly sent by Tony Kremer.

Duke of Wellington Hop Pickers

Above postcard showing hop pickers, date unknown, kindly supplied by Tony Kremer.

Duke of Wellington

Above photo, date unknown, kindly sent by Tony Kremer.

Duke of Wellington 2012

Above photo 2012, by kind permission of Eric Hartland.

Duke of Wellington Whitbread signDuke of Wellington Whitbread card back

Above aluminium card issued May 1949. Sign series 1 number 47.

Duke of Wellington sign 1986

Above sign May 1986.

With thanks from Brian Curtis


I have also seen this addressed just as the "Duke" at Marden.


Maidstone Journal and Kentish Advertiser, Monday 21 October 1867.

Malicious Damage at Yalding.

William Harnett, 19, labourer was indicted for maliciously damaging the house in the occupation of Sophia Wallace, the damage and amounting to upwards of 5, at Yalding, on the 8th of September.

The Hon. F. Stanhope prosecuted, and Mr. Channell defended.

Noah Baldwin said he was in the employ of Mrs. Wallace, of the "Duke of Wellington" public house, at Yalding. On the 8th Sept. prisoner went there about half past nine in the evening. There were about a dozen other person's present. Soon after 10 witness refused to draw any more beer, upon which the house was cleared. He then heard the party outside smashing the windows and shutters. Two large stones were thrown through the window.

Cross-examined:- All the persons were turned out of the house together. After they left the house I saw nothing of what happened.

James Menser said he was standing outside the "Duke of Wellington" public house on the night of the 8th Sept. He saw prisoner hit the shutter with a stick, which caused it to fall down, and it got smashed.

Cross-examined:- Prisoner and three others, soon after they came out of the house, struck me and made me insensible. I saw prisoner and two others strike the shutter, and then they came and struck me.
John Wallace said he was at home on the evening question. After the men left the house he saw prisoner and two other man smashing into windows with sticks. There were a lot of panes broken, and a door was smashed.

Cross-examined:- I was outside the house when the men were turned out. There was a great noise at the time the glass was smashed. I knew who the other two men were, but they went away directly after the affair.

William Martin stated that he was a builder at Yalding. On the Saturday before the occurrence he passed the "Duke of Wellington," and noticed it was then in good repair. On the following Monday he examined the house, and found a great quantity of glass broken, the doorway and signboard were much injures, and the shutter was smashed. The estimated the damage at 7 15s.

Mr. Channel addressed the jury for the defence, and contended that the offence did not come under the nature of the charge, but would have been more properly dealt with if prisoner had been charged with an assault. If the damage has been shown to be under 5, the prisoner could not have been indicted for this offence; and it was not hinted by the prosecution that the prisoner was answerable for the damage caused by the whole party.

The learned Chairman having summed up, the jury returned a verdict of guilty, and the prisoner was sentenced to 3 months' hard labour.


Sussex Agricultural Express 10 November 1900.



Are favoured with instructions from the Freeholders
To Sell By Auction, at the "Royal Star Hotel," Maidstone, on Tuesday, November 29th, 1900, at Three o'clock.

The Valuable Freehold Property commanding a fine position at Collier-street, in the parish of Yalding, in the centre of the hop and fruit industry, called the "Duke of Wellington Inn," together with 10a. 1r. 0p. of Land, having good frontage and being rich in quality.

The House is well built of brick and tile with cemented front. There is also good stabling and chaise house, an oast house, and hop-pickers dwellings, all in excellent repair.

May be viewed by permission of the tenant, Mr. F. Savage, who has occupied the property for 23 years with great success.


From the Kent and Sussex Courier, 6 March, 1914.


MONDAY.—Before the Hon. A. Hannen.

The licence of the "Duke of Wellington Inn," Yalding, was transferred from William Jeffrey to George Moore.



Also referred to as simply the "Duke Inn" I do not know whether the name actually changed to the "Duke of Wellington" or whether it just showed the name the "Duke Inn" on the building whilst the sign said the "Duke of Wellington." Unfortunately closed, date unknown and now a private residence known as Wellington House.


From an email received 10 November 2018.

George and Nellie definitely started as landlord when he came back in 1913 from Sierra Leone, where he had worked as a 'pioneer plate layer on the railway. He was still there when the 1939 Register was taken, and as a boy I remember George and Nellie's name being mentioned as being 'at the Duke in Collier street', and I was born in 1947, so I understood that they were there at least until the mid 50s, but the records do not seem to bear this out.


Duke of Wellington matchbox

Above matchbox kindly sent by Anie Bird. (Ron Helliwell's daughter).

Ron Helliwell mug

Above mug kindly sent by Anie Bird. (Ron Helliwell's daughter).



MAYNARD James to Dec/1857

MERCER/MENCE William Dec/1857-61

WALLIS Thomas 1861+ (also farmer age 60 in 1861Census)

BOLTON Cornelius E 1871+ (Licensed Victualler age 26 in 1871Census)

SAVAGE Thomas 1861-77

MASTERS Peter 1881 (age 35 in 1881Census)

SAVAGE Frederick 1881-1901 Next pub licensee had (also farmer age 37 in 1891Census)

FEATHERSTONE George 1903+ Kelly's 1903

DARTNELL Atrthur 1911+ (age 37 in 1911Census)

JEFFREY William & (Nellie sister) 1913-Mar/1914

MOORE George & (Nellie nee Jeffrey) Mar/1914+

SHRUBSOLE George Stedman 1918+ Post Office Directory 1918

HORLEY Frederick 1922+ Post Office Directory 1922

HELLIWELL Ronald John 1967-87+


Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903

Post Office Directory 1918From the Post Office Directory 1918

Post Office Directory 1922From the Post Office Directory 1922



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