History

The earliest records we hold date back to 1797 for the two cottages that form the current pub. The left hand cottage as you face the building being known as Rose Cottage

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The Kentish Village of River by Douglas Welby

The History of Royal Oak in River

1797
March 2

1797

The earliest records we hold date back to 1797 for the two cottages that form the current pub. The left hand cottage as you face the building being known as Rose Cottage We are able to bring you the History of the Royal Oak with thanks to; www.dover-kent.com The Kentish Vilage of River by Douglas..Read More
1820
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1820

Edward & Charlotte Halladay are noted as residing in the property
1838
March 2

1838

The parish register records Edward Halladay’s occupation as Publican, the earliest known evidence of the Royal Oak trading
1865
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1865

On 11 April 1865 the Title documents for the Royal Oak show that the Halladays purchased the pub for £250 from the estate of Thomas Buler. The Title stating ‘All that messuage or tenement (then and for many years past known as the Royal Oak)’
1891
March 2

1891

Charlotte Pierce Halladay passes away on the 9 June 1891 and the pub is inherited by her daughter Mrs Amelia Buchanan. The property is being leased to Gardner & Co, brewers of Sandwich Road in Ash for the sum of £25 per annum in rent.
1901
March 2

1901

12 June 1901 the owner of the Royal Oak, Mrs Amelia Buchanan renews the lease to Gardner & Co. The annual rent being £36 per annum
1927
August 14

1927

1927
On 19th August 1927 at the Licence Transfer Sessions the “Royal Oak beerhouse,” River was transferred from Stephen Smith to Thomas W. Marlow, of the “Royal Oak,” River, manager of the above. The family group is composed (from left) of Thomas and Elizabeth Marlow, licencees in 1927, Stephen Smith, landordfrom 1899 (when the furniture, stock..Read More
1940
February 5

1940-1944

The Royal Oak closed its doors on 11 October 1940 and would not reopen until 1944.
1944
February 5

1944

In 1944 a wine licence was granted enabling the sale of wine for the first time on the premises. Evidence was given at the Dover Licencing Sessions that there was a demand for wine amongst woman customers!
1948
February 14

1948

1948
The group of men taken in 1948 shows (from l) Jack Keeler, Sam Dunford a market gardener and who used the pub several times a week for 70 years, Peter Pascall, Les Tems, Bob Dunford (Sam’s brother and partner), Ray Smissen, Bert Chapman.
1949
February 5

1949

The full licence was applied for in 1949, and the following year, the full licence of the Hotel de Paris was transferred here as the Hotel de Paris in Dover was demolished by the Harbour Board for redevelopment.
1970
October 14

1970

30 October 1970 Gardner & Co (who were bought by Whitbread Fremlins in 1968) sell the Royal Oak to Whitbread Fremlins for £9,771 19 shillings and 4 pence
1972
January 14

1972

In 1972 Shepherd Neame purchases the Royal Oak from Whitbread Fremlins
1975
January 17

1975

17 January 1975 Frank James Percival the Landlord of the Oak sells Stone Cottage to the rear of the pub to Shepherd Neame who then amalgamate the titles of the Oak and Stone Cottage together to form one property
1983
October 5

1983

1983 saw the pub closed for alterations and during that process the cottage next door was incorporated expanding the pub to three cottages.
1989
November 5

1889-1899

The earliest licensee records for the Royal Oak date back to Edward James Brockman who was the licensee in 1889-1899. He was also a brickmaker and aged 49 in 1891.
2007
July 5

2007

In 2007 Shepherd Neame had a kitchen extension built to enable food to be prepared.
2017
November 1

2017

November 2017 the pub is bought by the current owner and begins it’s next chapter.