Brian By: Brian

The Royal Oak, Collingham, Nottinghamshire

There are many pubs in the UK with this name and there is a good explanation which the following story will show.


Two years after the execution of his father, King Charles II, age 21 and un-crowned, landed in Scotland from France. He was crowned at Scone, raised an army and marched south to defeat Cromwell's Commonwealth Army and restore the monarchy but his army was defeated at the Battle of Worcester on 3rd September 1651. The King and others escaped and rode north to seek shelter at a royalist safe house. The King's hair was cut and his face and arms stained to resemble a countryman. An attempt was made to escape to Wales, but all the bridges across the river Severn were guarded by Commonwealth troops, and the King was forced to hide as Commonwealth troops were already searching the area and woods nearby. The King spent an uncomfortable day in a nearby oak tree before being assisted to return to France. In 1664 (after the Restoration) the King's birthday of 29th May became known as Royal Oak Day. For over 200 years the King's birthday was celebrated by wearing a sprig of oak leaves in remembrance of the event. The tradition is no longer observed, although hundreds of inns and public houses throughout the country are still called 'The Royal Oak'.

  • Caitlin 9y

    Wow, amazing piece of history which I've not heard before! Thanks for that. Brian, I also love the way you are capturing the pubs as well as the signs! Great to see the building behind the sign. Maybe a new group or a possible extention to the exisiting one??.
  • Brian PRO 9y

    Thanks for viewing, Caitlin, and kind comments. There are already a number of pub groups three of which I post to.
  • Stephen Nicholas 9y

    Nice idea to document pubs in this way, with the history attached.
    Find the cropping just a little tight on your building shots. Good to have a little breathing space infront of a building or let the situation of the building also play a part in the image? In this shot you have left more sky thats true; yet doing this alone will create a stress factor on the sides of the composition and squash the subject.
    Try including the street/road area in the shots, as this often makes up half of the atmousphere on location ;~)

    Your photo of the "Lord Nelson" pub is an example were I would have moved the camera more to the right; the area on the left being of no real interest, centering the front of the building more?
    It´s always a good idea to leave a little more room infront of a building like a pub, as that is offten the focal point.
    Hope you take these pointers as just a freindly idea/serjestion because the quality of your shots are brilliant; contrast, focus and especialy subjects are very well delivered.
  • Brian PRO 9y

    Thanks for taking a look and for your thoughts, Steve, all appreciated.

    Referring to the "Lord Nelson" shot, there is a large car park one side (just in view) and an unrelated building the other side (just out of shot).
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