Market Lavington Museum

At The Oak – then and now


The Royal Oak in Easterton has, for many a year been the only pub in the village. It is always a lovely looking place, sitting snugly under its thatched roof – truly a pub at the heart of a village. We actually don’t have many photos of the place but this one, taken from a high vantage point, shows off its olde worlde charms well.

The Royal Oak pub in Easterton

The Royal Oak pub in Easterton

Of course, the photo is quite old – we don’t actually have a date but clearly it was taken before the single storey building alongside Oak Lane was removed. That building has some adverts pasted on the end wall.

Adverts pasted on the wall of a vanished outbuilding

Adverts pasted on the wall of a vanished outbuilding

One is for Royal Enfield Bicycles and the big lettering on the other says Wiltshire Estates. Nothing there helps us to date the photo.

Close up on the Oak. Can anyone date this image of Easterton?

Close up on the Oak. Can anyone date this image of Easterton?

The pub building looks similar to what we see today. Sadly we can’t get the same vantage point which, perhaps, was high up in the garden of Oak Cottage. But here is a modern shot of the pub.

The Royal Oak, easterton - a recent photo

The Royal Oak, easterton – a recent photo