Blunham Pubs : The Oak

By Bill Exley

The Oak, c1914
91 High Street, 2001

The Oak - was a  Beerhouse and now 91, High Street today. It used to be a favourite with the land workers, along with others in the village, for all had their regulars. They were all open most of the day, then later tougher drinking hours came into force. A Beerhouse, like a pub but No Bar, was granted an 'Alehouse Lic' by the Authorities.

The site  is unchanged with the passing of time, it's past can easily be recalled , the weathered space where the old sign was fixed can still be made out. Today it has a small plaque near the door -  'The Old Oak' - so preserving a part of our Bunham history, in the same way as plaques at - 5, High street /  The Ragged Staff and 12, The Hill /  The Old Post Office,

 

. RECORD OF LANDLORDS & TENANTS
 
Thomas Winters - buys The Oak for £100 - and gets first Licence
1849-1872
- Also known as 'The Generous Britain' -
 
George Thomas, - now Simpsons of Baldock / Brewers
1872-1884
Thomas Winters - as records show , (again, Son ? )
1884-1899
Arthur James Nears
1899-1901
Charles Gamer
1901-1903
Geo. Battle (a one armed man) 1903-1907
Now a Blunham Population of 603 - Served by the 8 Pubs in -
1909
Geo. Henry Davey (now The Oak , name change unproven) 1907-1910
Thom Stevens, now we have Wells & Winch / Brewers 1910-1914
Archibald and May Hull 1914-1924
Hector Rawlins 1924-1928
Annie & Harry, (Henry) Lovell - with daughter Betty (born in Sheffield 1920) 1928-1958
Annie Lovell 1957-1958
The Oak now calls - "Last orders please" and closes down on - 15/9/1958
 

Mr and Mrs Jack White (nee Lovell) - They then later move into a Large red bricked house he had built for them, further along the High Street., opp. The Salutation Pub.

c1984

MISC, OR FOOD FOR THOUGHT

The Old Oak Tree, or The Tree of Knowledge can Live to over 1,200 to 1,500 years


Last Revision made by Bill Exley on - / - 26th June -2022

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