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The History

The History

The story of the Duke of Cumberland`s head goes...

The name of the inn derives itself from Prince Rupert of the Rhine, a nephew of Charles I who played a key role in the famous Battle of Edgehill, 1642, in nearby Warwickshire, and was rewarded with the title the Duke of Cumberland. He was widely regarded as a skilful and athletic soldier and records show he was stationed at Aynhoe Park House with Royalist troops during this period. Rumour has it he stayed and drank at the pub during this time.

The duke by Landseer

Council of War

Charles I holding a council of war at Edgecote on the day before the Battle of Edgehill; Rupert, who would command the King's cavalry during the battle, is seated at the table