Some history of the Royal Oak Inn at Ibstock in Leicestershire


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The Royal Oak stood on Melbourne Road, opposite the Methodist Church. A housing development stands on the site though the tavern is commemorated with Royal Oak Close.

The Whiles family would later run the the Town Hall Tavern at Birmingham.

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More information on the Royal Oak Inn at Ibstock to follow. I probably created the page as I had a link to the Royal Oak Inn 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 Inn. There is information on Leicestershire dotted around the website - click here for a suitable starting place.

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Licensees of the Royal Oak Inn

1841 - Joseph Whiles
1846 - Mr. Knutt
1854 - James Walker
1859 - Thomas Ludlow
1860 - Joseph Francis
1861 - F. Ragg
1878 - Joseph Norman
1879 - William Neale
1887 - John William Hopkins
Note : this is not a complete list of licensees for this pub.

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Related Newspaper Articles

"James Smith was fined 10s. and costs for being drunk at Ibstock on the 16th October 1872. Joseph Norman charged Daniel Fowkes with stealing a glass tumbler, vaule 6d., from his public-house, the Royal Oak, Ibstock, on the 15th October 1872. The prisoner pleaded guilty to the charge, and said in defence that he took the glass to make right for 2d. which was given short in some change. He was sentenced to one calendar months' hard labour."
"Stealing a Glass"
Leicester Journal : October 18th 1872 Page 7.

"William Sharpe, Samuel Sharpe, James Sharpe, and Henry Ball, colliers of Ibstock, were charged with being quarrelsome and refusing to quit the premises of Joseph Norman when requested, at Ibstock, on the 27th October 1879. James Sharpe pleaded guilty; the others not guilty. Hannah Neale said she managed the Royal Oak, Ibstock, for the occupier. On the 27th October the defendants were there about 12 noon. At 2.30 they commenced quarrelling, and, after using bad language, got to blows. All fought with each other. She requested them to leave. Defendants refused, and remained half an hour fighting. William Sharpe asked her not to draw more beer, and did not fight at first, but joined in afterwards. Mary Ann Reed saw the defendants quarrelling. William Sharpe tried to keep his sons back as much as possible. When ordered out James Sharpe refused to go. The others did not go, and continued quarrelling for half an hour. Samuel Sharpe said he did not hear anyone order him to quit and Mrs. Neale gave him a pint afterwards. William Sharpe was dismissed, and the other defendants were fined 5s. and costs or seven days. Mrs. Neale was cautioned not to supply beer after she had ordered people to quit."
Leicester Chronicle : November 8th 1879 Page 7.

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