Muswell Hill pub history index
A listing of historical public houses, Taverns, Inns, Beer Houses and Hotels in Middlesex. The Middlesex listing uses information from census, Trade Directories and History to add licensees, bar staff, Lodgers and Visitors.
History of the Royal Oak, St James's Lane, Muswell Hill
Last Wooden Inn:
After four times escaping replacement, the doom of the little Royal Oaik, in St James's lane, Hornsey, is imminent. As Geoffrey Fletcher's drawing shows, it is a wooden building - the last of its kind in London
In the last century it brewed its own beer, and groceries and candles were sold over the counter until 1956. Its stables went at the turn of the century.
Unless it can be preserved as an annexe to a new building, it will soon disappear.
Although there has been an ale house on the site for 360 years, the present structire appears to date from about 1790. Once fields surrounded it on Muswell Hill.
Customers - men mainly, as women do not care for its simple style - talk of Dick Turpin. A more likely legend is that Lady Arabella Stuart came here in man's attire, escaping from Highgate, during here tumultous career, for horses to carry her the the Thames.
Kindly provided by Mike Weaver
Royal Oak, 73 St James's Lane, Muswell Hill N10 - in July 2014
Kindly provided by Tris
The following entries are in this format:
Year/Publican or other Resident/Relationship to Head and or Occupation/Age/Where Born/Source.
1851/John Line/Beer Seller/47/Harrow, Middlesex/Census ****
1851/Elizabeth Line/Wife/45/Pembridge, Herefordshire/Census
1851/Ellen Line/Daughter/11/Hornsey, Middlesex/Census
1851/Mary Mitchell/Daughter in Law, Milliner/21/Harrold, Bedfordshire/Census
1874/Mrs Elizabeth Line/Beer retailer, St James lane/../../Post Office Directory ****
1881/Elizabeth Line/Beerhouse Keeper, Widow/78/Pembridge, Herefordshire/Census ****
1881/Mary A Line/Grand Daughter/10/Limehouse, Middlesex/Census
1881/Mary Tresterham/Visitor, Widow/73/Penn, Herefordshire/Census
1881/Emma Tresterham/Visitor, Servant/23/Penn, Herefordshire/Census
1881/Mary Gardner/Visitor, Cook/28/Penn, Herefordshire/Census
1889/The Will of Elizabeth Line formerly of the Royal Oak St James lane Muswell Hill but late of 36 St Marys Hill Hornsey both in the County of Middlesex Widow who died 4 January 1889 at 36 St Marys Hill was proved at the Principal Registry by Ellen Marzetti (wife of Robert George Marzetti) of 19 Bythorne street Bow in the said County and Mary Hume (Wife of William Hume) of 23 Burleigh road Hornsey the Daughters the Executrixes. Effects £203
Elizabeth Line is buried in Hornsey, aged 81 in 1889.
Arthur Lane, aged 26, marries Nellie Willis, aged 22, in December 1889 at St Andrews, Islington
1901/Arthur Lane/Beerhouse Keeper/38/Winchmore Hill, Middlesex/Census ****
1901/Nellie Lane/Wife/31/East Finchley, Middlesex/Census
1901/Walter Lane/Son/10/New Southgate, Middlesex/Census
1901/Sidney Lane/Son/8/New Southgate, Middlesex/Census
1901/Frederick Lane/Son/6/New Southgate, Middlesex/Census
1901/Horace Lane/Son/1/Hornsey, Middlesex/Census
1901/Kate Paul/Servant/17/New Southgate, Middlesex/Census
1911/Arthur Lane/Beerhouse Keeper/50/Southgate, Middlesex/Census ****
1911/Ellen A Lane/Wife/41/East Finchley, Middlesex/Census
1911/Arthur W Lane/Son, Clerk Manor Farm/20/New Southgate, Middlesex/Census
1911/Sidney A Lane/Son, Butchers Assistant/18/New Southgate, Middlesex/Census
1911/Frederick W Lane/Son, Printer/16/New Southgate, Middlesex/Census
1911/Edith M Burroughs/General Servant/21/Sunbury, Middlesex/Census
1911/Horace G Lane/Son/2/Muswell Hill, Middlesex/Census
1924 /Arthur Lane/Royal Oak/../../Electoral Register ****
1924/Nellie Lane/Royal Oak/../../Electoral Register
1924/Frederick Willis Lane/Royal Oak/../../Electoral Register
1925/Nellie Lane/Royal Oak/../../Electoral Register
1925/Frederick Willis Lane/Royal Oak/../../Electoral Register
1926/Mrs Nellie Lane/Beer retailer, 3 St James lane/../../Post Office Directory ****
1933/Nellie Annie Lane/Royal Oak/../../Electoral Register
1933/Ivy Usher/Royal Oak/../../Electoral Register
1936/Nellie Annie Lane/Royal Oak/../../Electoral Register
1937/Mrs Nellie Lane/../../../Post Office Directory ****
1971/../.Royal Oak, St James's Lane/../../Pub Directory ****
**** Provided By Kevan