Page Updated:- Monday, 06 March, 2023.


Earliest ????-

Royal Oak

Closed 2009-

2 High Street


Royal Oak 1914

Above postcard, 1914, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Royal Oak 1935

Above photo, circa 1935, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Royal Oak 1950

Above postcard, circa 1950, kindly sent by Rory Kehoe.

Royal Oak

Above photo, date unknown.

Royal Oak 1992

Above photo July 1992, kindly sent by Philip Dymott.

Former Royal Oak 2014

Above Google image, October 2014.

Royal Oak signRoyal Oak sign 1985

Above sign left 1960s, sign right 1985.

Royal Oak Whitbread cardRoyal Oak Whitbread card

Above aluminium card issued 1950. Sign series 2 number 50.


From the accessed 6 March 2023.

Text by James Saynor.

​This pub, on the corner of Church Street and the High Street, was very popular with villagers until it closed and became a private house in the late 1990s. The building dates from 1881 and is on the site of the old village workhouse, which had shut half a century earlier. The first landlord was Edward Webb and along with other village pubs the "Royal Oak" ran a “slate club” – an informal benefit society for working people. Contributions might be a shilling or less per week and there was usually a payout celebration at Christmas.

Royal Oak 1965

Postcard, postmarked 1965

​In the mid-20th century, Mavis and John Skelton were very active in support of the village and the pub was the venue for many meetings and social gatherings. Not to be outdone by the numerous other small shops in the vicinity, it made and sold its own ice-cream. It was a mustering point for the village band, was the favoured bar of the Shoreham Village Players and the place where the R.O.G.U.E.S. golfing society was founded.

Royal Oak 1915

Standing by the junction with Church Street and looking north down the High Street, the Royal Oak can be seen on the right. Postcard c1915.

​Before the Second World War, shopkeeper George Bell ran the Central Mart across the road at No. 1 High Street. Bell was plagued by gout and was often to be seen with his foot up on a chair outside the shop. When he took to his bed, the "Royal Oak" supplied him with drink which, it was said, he would haul up the side of his house in a bucket.



WEBB Edward 1881+ (age 55 in 1881Census)




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