The Duke of Marlborough is a 500 year old inn and a Grade II listed historic building located in the attractive Suffolk village of Somersham, some five and a half miles north west of the Suffolk county town of Ipswich. The village is in a rural area but has good links via the nearby A14 and A12 and there are also several local villages.
The owners had done a great job of restoring and running the pub, and it was operating successfully, however, they were ready to retire and wanted to sell the business. Trading ceased on 24th December 2014.
Threatened with the prospect of the pub being delicensed and sold as a private residence, Sarah Caston, a local doctor, took action and set about saving this vital community asset. She was dismayed and saddened at the possibility of losing the last pub in the village and her actions heralded the start of the ‘Save the Duke’ campaign. Following a successful campaign the pub was purchased in March 2017 and it reopened in late spring 2017.