By Bill Exley
The Oak, c1914
91 High Street, 2001
The Oak Beerhouse, now 91, High Street used to be a favourite with the land workers, along with others in the village, for all had their regulars being open most of the day, but later, tougher drinking laws/hours came into force.
The Oak 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 the site bears a small sign, 'The Old Oak' so preserving a part of our Bunham history, in the same way as does 5, High street The Ragged Staff and 12, The Hill, The Old Post Office, each sites of bygone years.
In the early 1970's a yarn was related to me, by a village character, who said late one afternoon years ago, a local woman stormed into The Oak and threw a plated dinner over one of the drinkers, shouting "here's your dinner" and stormed out fuming. Note - the Horse waiting for its driver, then take him home, on it's own ! For interest see ref. 12 - 'The Beerhouse' via my link to ' Misc & Mash'
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1st License. - Bought for £100 - by Thomas Winters 1849-1872 Also known as 'The Generous Britain' George Thomas, - now Simpsons of Baldock / Brewers 1872-1884 Thomas Winters ( as records show , again ? ) 1884-1899 Arthur James Nears 1899-1901 Charles Gamer 1901-1903 Geo. Battle (a one armed man) 1903-1907 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 and Henry / Harry Lovell, with daughter Betty 1928-1958 Annie Lovell 1957-1958 The Oak now closes down 15/9/1958 Mr and Mrs Jack White (nee Lovell) c1984
Last Revision / 6th-Sept-2021 / by Bill Exley
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