Monk Soham Oak
previously known as Royal Oak
mid 20th century
closed April 30th, 1970
Monk Soham Green
grid reference TM 207 663
listed building grade II
View in Google Earth
last updated 13/09/2014
Originally only licensed as a beerhouse, the Royal Oak only got its full license on March 3rd 1950.
Closure date as reported by a caller to Lesley Dolphin's BBC Radio Suffolk programme.
Around 1901 my aunt's grandfather, Samuel Hawes, was a farmer, miller and landlord of the Oak. His mill was apparently situated opposite the house and there were oak trees close to the premises, one of which was cut down to make a bureau for the 21st birthday of his oldest son. That bureau is now in my possession.
(information from Robert Hawes)
The building dates from the first half of the 16th century.
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)