TQ1657 : The Royal Oak (pub sign), 265 Kingston Road

taken 7 years ago, near to Leatherhead, Surrey, Great Britain

The Royal Oak (pub sign), 265 Kingston Road
The Royal Oak (pub sign), 265 Kingston Road
The sign is on a post, in the pub's beer garden.

A lot of pubs in England are named the Royal Oak, to celebrate the restoration of the monarchy in 1660. The significance of the oak being that, before the restoration, the future King Charles II spent most of one day, hiding in an oak tree from Oliver Cromwell's Parliamentarian troops. His birthday of May 29th was still celebrated by many people up to the end of the 19th century. So pubs continued to be given the name of Royal Oak, even when they were opened a hundred or two hundred years later. Today, for better or worse, the day has lost its significance, probably because the 29th May ceased to be a public holiday some time in the 1850's. This particular pub has certainly been here since the 1830's.

For other photos of The Royal Oak, please see:- TQ1657 : The Royal Oak (1), 265 Kingston Road.
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TQ1657, 34 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Saturday, 14 August, 2010   (more nearby)
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Friday, 27 August, 2010
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Pub sign   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 163 579 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:18.5217N 0:19.9380W
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 163 579
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South-southeast (about 157 degrees)
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