There were once two pubs near the River Severn at Broadoak – the White Hart and the Broadoak Inn. The Broadoak Inn is recorded as being the meeting place of a Friendly Society in 1783. It appears to have closed around 1870 when an auction was held. ‘All that messuage, tenement or dwelling house (formerly two houses), containing five rooms on the ground floor, and five rooms above, with the court, piggeries, vault, cider mill house, and cider press, loft, gardens, and pieces of land adjoining called the Logger.’
There is no reference to the Broadoak Inn in the 1891 licensing book.
In April 2000 I had an email from Gordon Hunt from Derbyshire who told me that his 4X great grandfather, John Hunt, was landlord at the Broadoak Inn when he died in October 1830. He said that the inn was taken over by Richard Jackson, the brother of Edward Jackson who ran the Trumpet Inn in Southgate Street, Gloucester. “Edward’s wife was a granddaughter of the above John Hunt and from their first three children being baptised at Westbury on Severn between 1828 and 1832 I would guess they were at the Broadoak Inn until they moved to the Trumpet Inn.”
The Broadoak Inn was located on the banks of the Severn a little further upstream to the White Hart. Heading out of the village in the Gloucester direction there is a railway bridge over the A48. Just before the bridge on the right is Quay Lane. The pub was at the end of the lane and the building is now a private house.
Landlords at the Broad Oak include:
1830 John Hunt (died in October 1890)
1841 Richard Jackson
1856 George Rudge
1863 William Butler (also listed as a fruitier)
1876 William Butler, jnr. (also listed as a farmer at Rodley Court)
1880 John Perks