The address of the Oak Inn is given as 350 Barton Street in 1936 and 1957. The Oak was situated opposite Hatfield Road near the junction with Hatherley Road.

Gloucestershire Chronicle, Saturday 19th April 1902 – Alleged Assault: George Williams, of the Oak Inn, Lower Barton Street, Arthur Dance, Barton Street, and William Escourt, Salisbury Road, were summoned for assaulting John Hatfield on the 11th inst. – Mr Langley Smith appeared for complainant and Mr Frank Treassure was for the defence. It appeared that complainant is a blacksmith carrying on business in Lower Barton Street. On the date named Hatfield went to the Oak Inn and called for a pint of cider when Williams told him to go outside and pay his debts, and complainant went away. At about eight o’clock in the evening he again went to the Oak and called for a pint of cider, which Williams refused to supply him with and again told him to pay his debts. It was alleged that the three defendants put Hatfield out of the house. Williams struck complainant a severe blow to the eye, and Dance struck him three severe blows, while Estcort also struck him. Complainants coat was also ripped off. It appeared that an old beer score was owing to Williams by someone else, but the bill had been sent to Hatfield.

Replying to Mr Treasure complainant denied he made use of bad language in the Oak Inn – Several witnesess were called and curroborated complainant as to the assault, – The defence was that the affair was a stand up fight between Dance and Hatfield. In regard to the ejectment of the Oak Inn complainant went into the house at 3.30, and in consequence of Hatfield wanting to fight Williams took away the cider which he had supplied complainant with, but on promising to keep quiet the cider was handed back. Complainant again went to the bar in the evening, and when Williams refused to serve him with cider due to his quarrelsome conduct in the afternoon, Williams, assisted by the other defendants, then put Hatfield out of the house. It was denied that either Williams or Escourt struck Hatfield, but that a fair stand-up fight took place between Dance and complainant. Witnessess having been called for the defence, the case against Estcourt and Williams were dismised, and Dance was fined £1.9d.6d., including costs, or 14 days.

Gloucester Citizen, Friday 4th December 1903: Notice – To the members of the Oak Sick Club, a General Meeting will be held at the Oak Inn, Barton Street. Tuesday December 8th, at 8pm. Robert James, President.

Gloucestershire Chronicle, Saturday 9th July 1910. DEATHS: On the 29th June, at the Royal Infirmary, Gloucester, Henry Jones, of the Oak Inn, Barton Street, Gloucester, aged 34 years.

Gloucestershire Echo, Tuesday 28th October 1913 – Club Smoking Concert: A most successful smoking concert was held on Saturday evening at the Oak Inn, Barton Street, in connection with the Chequers and Oak Inn Sick Benefit Clubs. The spacious club room was packed to its utmost capacity, and had been tastefully decorated by Host J.E. Evans, so that it presented a very animated appearance. The chairman was ably supported by Messrs. Evans & Mayo (club secretaries), Councillors Roberts and Gardner, and other well-known gentlemen. A letter received from Mr G.W. Godsell (chairman of Godsell & Sons, Ltd,, Stroud) was read during the evening and met with much appreciation, and an announcement that he had also contributed a handsome donation was greeted with applause.

A regular customer in the 1950’s was Sid Fawlk, a British Railways steam locomotive driver, who was a skilled darts player. He would entertain the locals at the Oak with his darts-playing skills and was winner of an inter-town competition.

In the 1980’s the Oak organised charity raising events. In September 1986 one local walked a 36 mile marathon from Chepstow via the Forest of Dean to the Oak in Barton Street to raise money for a local boy suffering from a muscle wasting disease.

The approximate site of the Oak Inn.

March 1987

The Citizen: Wednesday, January 13th, 1988 – Girl hurt in crossing collision: Gloucester police are looking for a driver whose car collided with a 10-year-old girl on a pedestrian crossing. The accident happened yesterday outside the Oak Inn pub, Barton Street, home of the victim Michelle Cameron. The driver failed to stop after the accident which happened at 6.35pm. She said: “I was going to the shop. I pressed the button, the lights went orange then read. Then the green man came on. I stepped into the road and a car came. It was quite dark but it [the car] didn’t have its lights on. Police said Michelle was taken to hospital but not detained.

The Oak was a popular pub, serving the community until at least the late 1980’s. Yet I have never seen a photograph of the Oak Inn. There must be some images of the pub. Can anyone help?


1879 William Woodward (Royal Oak, Lower Barton Street)

1893, 1906 H. Jones

1936 Mrs F. Roberts

1939,1957 Mrs Alice F. Kibby

1970 – Les and Doris Hill

1986,1989 Bill Whitmore

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