The Slaugham Archives

Royal Oak in Handcross
The Slaugham Archive
Royal Oak in Handcross

Compared with the Red Lion in the High Street the Royal Oak did not attract the early photographers and this is the only photograph of the exterior I can find in the archives.
It was a two-bar pub until the major improvements and alterations in the 1970s by Tom Wilson who purchased the pub which had been closed for some time following the passing of Eddie Boxall. On the extreme right was the main entrance to the “Bar”, but towards the left was the tiny “Bar Parlour”, little used in the 1960s and 1970s from what I can remember.
An interesting architectural feature above the “Bar” sign was the electric light bulb which was located within the wall with small glass windows overlooking the bar and the front garden. Thus, one bulb was used to light both the inside and outside!
In common with other similar pubs the land in front was put to good use with flowerbeds with a white picket fence and gate on the roadside boundary. Such pub gardens would soon be removed or adapted to provide parking for the car-owning customers.
Picture added on 01 June 2013 at 09:55
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