Page Updated:- Wednesday, 08 December, 2021.


Earliest 1826

Royal Oak

Closed 1971

The Street


Royal Oak

Above photo, date unknown, supplied by William Huckstep.

Royal Oak 1969

Above photo, 1969, supplied by William Huckstep.

Former Royal Oak 2016

Above photo 2016.

Royal Oak card 1955Royal Oak card 1955

Above card issued April 1955. Sign series 5 number 36.


The National Archives holds document Rm/JQ/r/10/4 dated 21 September 1826 "Recognizance for William Huxstep of the Royal Oak, Bonnington, to keep an alehouse."

The premises closed as a public house in 1971 after being purchased by Shepherd Neams and is now used as a residential property.

It has also been referred to as the "Old Oak" when it gained a Grade 2 listing on 10 August 1988.


Folkestone, Hythe, Sandgate & Cheriton Herald 26 November 1932.


Great sorrow has been felt in the villages of Aldington, Bonnington and Hurst at the news of the death of Mr. Egbert H. Huckstep, of the Royal Oak Bonnington, which occurred on Sunday at the age of 39 years. Mr. Huckstep who was a native of Bonnington, was the fourth son of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Huckstep. Mr. Huckstep's father died or August 9th this year, thus with the death of his son, making four deaths in the family within two years.

The late Mr. Huckstep, who had been ill for only a few weeks was highly redeemed in the villages. He was beloved and respected by all who knew him, he was a member of the local branch of the British Legion and served throughout the Great War in the Royal Navy.

Mr. Huckstep was a regular attendant at the Bonnington parish Church where he was a sidesman, and he worked zealously for the good of the Church. In this connection alone, his place will be very difficult to fill.

Since leaving school he had assisted his late father in the business of grazing and he was a sound Judge of sheep. Mr. Huckstep was a good musician and he had a pleasing tenor voice. The late Mr. Huckstep leaves four brothers, Messrs. Edmund and Eldon Huckstep (Canada), Mr. Gordon Huckstep (Worcester) and Mr. Percy Huckstep Bonnington), and four sisters, Mrs. H. Finn (London). Mrs. B. Durant. Miss Hilda Huckstep (Bonnington, and Mist Dora Huckstep (London), to mourn his loss.

The Hucktep family has held the licence of The Royal Oak for 130 years.


Eldon Huckstep and his sister Hilda 1936

Above photo showing the licensees brother Eldon Huckstep and his sister, Hilda in 1936. Kindly supplied by William Huskstep.



HUCKSTEP William 21/Sept/1826-32+ Pigot's Directory 1828-29Pigot's Directory 1832-34

HUCHSTEP Jane 1841+ (age 60 in 1841Census)

HUCKSTEP Thomas 1851-61+ (age 53 in 1861Census) Melville's 1858

HUCKSTEP Mary 1871-81+ (widow age 68 in 1881Census)

HUCKSTEP John 1891-1930+ (also shepherd age 45 in 1901Census) Kelly's 1903

HUCKSTEP Gordon S 1938-39+ (age 49 in 1939) Post Office Directory 1938


Pigot's Directory 1828-29From the Pigot's Directory 1828-29

Pigot's Directory 1832-34From the Pigot's Directory 1832-33-34

Melville's 1858From Melville's Directory 1858

Kelly's 1903From the Kelly's Directory 1903

Post Office Directory 1938From the Post Office Directory 1938



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