History of Warwick Pubs

Written by John Crossling (JohnCrossling@aol.com).

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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