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listed building grade II
CAMRA Ipswich & East Suffolk branch.
last updated 30/12/2019
Monk Soham Oak
also traded as as: Royal Oakhistorical closure era: mid 20th century
closed April 30th, 1970
Monk Soham Green
Originally only licensed as a beerhouse, the Royal Oak only got its full license on March 3rd 1950.
The closure date was 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.from Robert Hawes
The building dates from the first half of the 16th century. It's shown on this old OS map from about the end of the 19th century. larger map
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
Old OS map reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland.