JD Wetherspoon has bought a Walsall pub that was previously operated by Redcar-based pub and bar operator Dukedom, which was placed on the market earlier this year. The freehold Martha’s Vineyard, on the site of the town’s former county court, has been bought for close to the guide price of £650,000, M&C Report has learnt. It’s understood that offers have been accepted on handful of the other 25 former Dukedom venues, a mixture of freehold and long leasehold high-street pubs, bars and late-night venues located across the Midlands and northern England. Property advisors Christie + Co and Sanderson Weatherall are believed to be jointly marketing the group of sites, which are thought to be worth in excess of £11m in total. Martha's Vineyard is currently closed and JD Wetherspoon spokesman Eddie Gershon said there's currently no opening date in mind. "Walsall is a town where we are under represented," he said. "This will give us a second pub in Walsall. It's a very good site for Wetherspoons and we would like to open more in Walsall in the future."