Well, first of all, they are not dragons, but Wyverns. Who knew!
We dug into the history of pubs called the ‘Duke of Marlborough’ to find out which of the 12 Dukes was being referred to, and what had he done to warrant such an accolade? We decided that the doughty 1st Duke must be the chap! The title was created by Queen Anne in 1702 for John Churchill, 1st Earl of Marlborough (1650–1722) a notable military leader of the time. Extra fact: the dukedom is the only one in the United Kingdom that can still pass through a female line.
Old photos show the pub used to be known as The Marlborough Head. When it would have first got this name, and exactly when it changed to the Duke of Marlborough is not something we have not been able to find out. Any suggestions from experts in pub history very welcome!