OAK INN This pub is situated on Coten End and has been numbered as both 23 and 27 due to the renumbering that took place in the 1880s. The first reference is found in 1874 and the continues to exist today although for a few years in the mid 1980s it was known by a different name, Samuel's Wine Bar. There have been a total of only eleven licensees in the eighty years that names are given in the trade directories. 1874 John Kench 1862 John Bumford 1880-1887 William Eales 1888-1900 Mrs. Elizabeth Eales 1901-1905 Harry Westley 1906-1919 William James Sismore 1920-1925 Mrs. M. Sismore 1926-1940 William Smith 1941-1944 Harry Wood 1945-1949 Percy Eden 1950-1956 Robert Charles Hyman It is quite rare for a pub to be passed from one member of the family to another but in this case it happens twice. It is a narrow unremarkable pub. It opens straight off the street and on the long bar beers can be found from major national and regional brewers despite being a free house. OKEN ARMS. There is a list of Warwick pubs held in the County Record Office produced by Tallis and in it this pub is listed as being in the Market Place at sometime, however I have not found any other reference to it.
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