Pub photograph from a century ago shows Little lad and his family

The Royal Oak, Langstone with the Little family on parade, circa 1910

The Royal Oak, Langstone with the Little family on parade, circa 1910

David  Yates, right, outside 23, Garnier Street, Fratton. The original  front room of the  house is where he is  standing.

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This photograph was sent in by Lucy Bunnage and shows the frontage of the Royal Oak public house at Langstone, near Havant, a century ago.

Thanks to Ralph Cousins, who tells me that it shows the Little family and the lad to front is Sid Little. To the rear can be seen the local postman.

The Royal Oak today. The middle doorway has long since been bricked up and the stairway down to the foreshore has also long gone.

The Royal Oak today. The middle doorway has long since been bricked up and the stairway down to the foreshore has also long gone.

It appears that several of the windows have been bricked up. This was no doubt due to the window tax imposed in the 18th and 19th centuries. To the left can be seen a woman sitting at the window, but she is headless. Could this be the supposed ghost that is said to roam the bars of the pub?

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