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. They were all open most of the day, then tougher drinking 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 building again bears a small sign 'The Old Oak' so preserving a part of 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, shouted here's your dinner" and stormed out fuming. Note the Horse waiting for his Driver, then take him home on it's own ! ! For interest see 'The Beerhouse' via my link to ' Misc & Mash' / entry 13
1st License. Purchased for £100 , by Thomas Winters 1849-1872 Also known as 'The Generous Britain' George Thomas ,with 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 Wells and Winch / Brewers 1910-1914 Archibald and May Hull 1914-1924 Hector Rawlins 1924-1928 Annie and Henry (known as Harry) Lovell and Daughter Betty, Agnes born in Sheffield in 1920 ( Pub closes ) 1928-1958 . .15/9/58 Mr and Mrs Jack White ( nee Lovell ) . ?--/ 1984
Last updated, 2nd -Jan - 2021 / by Bill Exley
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