The Royal Oak Inn :: Shared Description

Grade II* Listed public house from 16th century with 18th century additions restored in the late 19th century. The earliest surviving reference to the building is in a conveyance of 1684, when a piece of land was purchased to extend the building for the use as a butchers shop. The first mention of use as an inn is contained in a conveyance of 1772 when the building was sold to Francis Inman an “innholder”. A conveyance of 1773 states 'was lately used as a dwelling house and butchers shop'. Recent research confirms it was a pub from about 1775. It was sold to William Stones brewery of Sheffield in 1897 who immediately set about renovating the pub, making extensive alterations. The sign states that it was a 12th century ‘rest house’ for the Knights Templar's. Although it is known that the Templar's were connected with Chesterfield, there is no proof of any unlikely association with this site. In 1967 it was due to be demolished as part of a massive redevelopment and there was a plan to hoist the building onto rollers and move it to a new site but it came to nothing. The pub closed in October 2015 after the building was found to be unsafe but reopened possibly about a year later. Directory entries include, 1828 William Johnson, 1829 Joseph Johnson, 1835-1855 Joseph Redfern (also flour dealer), 1870 William Mee (also butcher), 1891-1895 Mrs Harriett Reece and 1912 Joseph Arnold Carrington.
by Jo Turner
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SK3871 : The Royal Oak Inn, Chesterfield – 3 by Alan Murray-Rust
SK3871 : The Royal Oak Inn, 1 The Shambles, Chesterfield by Jo Turner
SK3871 : The Royal Oak Inn, Chesterfield – 1 by Alan Murray-Rust
SK3871 : The Royal Oak Inn, 1 The Shambles, Chesterfield by Jo Turner
SK3871 : The Royal Oak Inn, Chesterfield – 2 by Alan Murray-Rust
SK3871 : The Royal Oak Inn, 1 The Shambles, Chesterfield by Jo Turner


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Created: Sun, 31 May 2015, Updated: Wed, 1 Dec 2021

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