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The Royal Oak 1896

The Royal Oak was originally several cottages. At one time the main entrance was through the door where the man is standing and ale was fetched up from the cellar in jugs. Wright's Directory of 1892 shows John Johnson as publican and the Royal Oak is described then as a beer house.

Shutters for the ground floor windows gave households additional security in days before the establishment of the police force in the county in 1838. Each of the houses had a foot scraper close to the front door adjacent to the entry steps. These proved essential for cleanliness in the home before regular street cleaning became a service provided by the Local Government Board.

The dull design of the public house sign seems typical of the time but it does indicate the name of the tenant.

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 Submitted on: 2010-06-09
 Submitted by: Don Wix
 Artefact ID: 843
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