The Pubs of Great Wyrley: The Royal Oak

Posted: April 10, 2015 in Landscapes, Pubs and Clubs, Social History

The Royal Oak developed from a cottage near what was the one-time hub of the village around 1842. A gritty beer-house, it clearly served miners and other local working men, as the court cases testify. The owner and publican had a second job, so the family must have helped run the Oak. Eventually, the pub was sold to a small brewery chain, the City Brewery (Lichfield) around 1900. They instigated a failed attempt to move premises (Norton Lane being now just off the beaten track), followed by an extension and remodelling to the buildings. The pub was taken over by Wolverhampton & Dudley Breweries after the City Brewery burnt down in 1916…read the full story

  1. Gary Smith says:

    Paul Like the piece on the Oak is it possible to use it in the mag or in fact the new Review which I’m bringing out later on in the year. If so could you send it as an attachment please. Gary Gary Smith

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