Some history of the Royal Oak
Lewis Higgs was the licensee in the late 1830s. Hailing from Worcester, he was born in 1805 and married Susannah Sprague in November 1827 at Claines. He was a builder by trade and formed a partnership with Samuel Teague, the business being based in Grosvenor Street West. However, in January 1839 the partnership was dissolved, possibly as a result of Lewis Higgs needing capital to invest in his own licensed property. He and his wife Susannah moved to Royal Oak for a short spell before taking over at the nearby Rose and Crown in Ryland Street.
More information on the Royal Oak in Essington Street to follow. I probably created the page as I had a link to the Royal Oak from another page. When building the site it is easier to place links as they crop up rather than go back later on. I realise this is frustrating if you were specifically looking for information on the Royal Oak. There is information on Birmingham dotted around the website - click here for a suitable starting place.
Licensees of this pub
1839 - Lewis Higgs
1869 - Job Brueton
1870 - Charles Bardell
1890 - George Henry Barton
Note : this is not a complete list of licensees for this pub.
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Related Newspaper Articles
"Yesterday morning a little girl named Mary D'Deboard, five years of age, who resided with her parents at a court in Grosvenor Street West,
met with her death in a very distressing manner. She was sent on an errand by her mother, about nine o'clock, and as she was crossing Ryland Street North, on her way
home, she was knocked down by a horse and cart. The horse and cart belonged to a milkman, but the name of the driver could not be ascertained, as he drove off immediately
the accident had occurred. The poor child was removed to the Queen's Hospital by Mr. Charles Bardell, of the Royal Oak, Essington Street. She was badly injured on the
head and face, and upon examination by the medical officer she proved to be quite dead. An inquest will be held in due course.
"A Child Run Over and Killed"
Birmingham Daily Gazette : February 24th 1870 Page 8