The Duke of York
                                                    The History of the Duke of York Inn
                                in relation to the NEEDHAM family


                                                                                                                                                                                  

    This page is possible thanks to Darren Parker, publican of 'Duke of York' nr  Buxton,
who provided help with history of the Inn and previous Innkeepers, back in 1998. 
And courtesy of the present publican for allowing this page.  
                                                                                                                              
The Duke of York Public House
                                                                                                                             Ashborne Road, Flagg, Nr. Buxton
                                                                                                                                   Derbyshire.  SK17 9QG








                                                                                                                      The Duke of York as in 1994
                                                                                                                       1994 Allison & Alderson


  The
Duke of York Inn is situated in the ancient parish of Chelmorton.  Chelmorton is not mentioned in the Doomsday Book.  It is a parcel of the Royal Manor of the High Peak and the mineral rights are leased to the Duke of Devonshire, who was once a principal landowner and Lord of the Manor.
     The alehouse was first opened in 1618 as part of the farmstead owned by John and Maria White. The
Needham family first came to the Inn in 1813 with Richard Needham. He and his wife Nancy Hulme were publicans until 1816. They had two children there; Elizabeth in 1813 and George in 1815.
    
George Needham, Richard's brother took over in 1817 when he married Ann Nall. They had four children there; George in 1818, Matthew in 1819, Mark in 1820 and Ellen Dicken in 1822. Tragically, George died at the young age of 34 in 1824 (buried at Taddington) and Ann took over as publican, helped by her sons.
     In 1851 Ann's son George and a brother worked as farm labourers on a farm not part of the inn - possibly that of
George Dicken. Ann died in 1859 and her son George took over as innkeeper and as farmer of 63 acres.  Ann's daughter Ellen Dicken Needham, married farmer George Dicken (perhaps he was a couisn?) who became publican in 1869. He was a farmer with 91 acres of land.
      By 1881 George Dicken was described as innkeeper and farmer of 125 acres, with his wife Ellen and daughter Alice, 23 who was a servant at the inn and their son Matthew, 22 who worked on the farm.
     In 1891 George Dicken, now aged 70 was a farmer. When he died in 1894, Ellen Dicken took over as publican in the pub that she had been born in until her death in 1899.

                                       
PAST INNKEEPERS OF THE DUKE OF YORK


1618 - 1662   JOHN WHITE                          1900 -             JAMES ARTHUR HAMMOND
1662 - 1687   CHRISTOPHER MELLOR    1900 - 1901   SAMUEL WARD
1688 - 1704   THOMAS REDFERN             1901 - 1913   GEORGE LANDER WESTALL
1705 - 1719   SAMUEL PLANT                    1913 - 1938   JAMES HOROBIN
1719 -1752    RICHARD SALT                     1938 - 1955   MARY ELLEN NAYLOR
1753 - 1756   WILLIAM SIMPSON               1955 - 1961   MARY ELLEN HADFIELD
1757 - 1774   ELLEN BAGSHAW                1961 - 1962   PETER STEWART HALL
1775 - 1784   SAMUEL ALLEN                    1962 - 1965   PAUL MARSHALL KEYWORTH
1785 - 1791   JOHN HIBBERT                     1965 - 1967   CYRIL JAMES JONES   
1792 - 1812   SOLOMON MYCOCK            1967 -             IRENE TWIGG
1813 - 1816   RICHARD NEEDHAM           1967 - 1970   JOHN ARTHUR BROADHURST
1817 - 1823   GEORGE NEEDHAM            1970 - 1975   MINNIE GREGORY
1824 - 1859   ANN NEEDHAM                     1975 - 1980   JOHN HENRY FRITH
1859 - 1868   GEORGE NEEDHAM            1980 - 1981   DAVID ARTHUR NUGENT
1869 - 1894   GEORGE DICKEN                 1981 - 1984   RAYMOND AUSTIN ATKINS
1894 - 1899   ELLEN DICKEN                     1984 - 1997   JOHN LONGWOTH
1899 - 1901   GEORGE WILKINSON          1997 -             DAREN DAVID PARKER