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The War Horse Story

The Duke of York is proud to be associated with Michael Morpurgo’s famous book ‘War Horse’ The author got the inspiration to write the book after talking to First World War veteran Wilfred Ellis almost 30 years ago in front of the fire in The Duke. The book was first published in 1982 and has since been turned into a play by the National Theatre. The play is currently being shown in the West End of London and on Broadway in New York.

The book is dedicated to Wilfred Ellis, along with fellow villagers Albert Weeks and Captain Arthur Walter Moorland Budgett. It’s based on a fictional account of the Great War, focused on a horse ‘Joey’ who served at the front. The famous Iddesleigh Village Hall featured in the story is a short walk from the pub and is home to ‘Joey’ a painting created by the popular artist Ali Bannister and commissioned by Michael Morpurgo.

War Horse has now been made into a film directed by Steven Spielberg which was released in the United States in December 2011 and in the UK in 2012. Quite a few of the scenes from the film were shot nearby on Dartmoor.

There is a line in the film which says ' see you at the Duke of York'

We wish the Author and all those associated with the War Horse story every success with the film.

John Pittam
Landlord of the Duke of York