MEM22251 - The Royal Oak, Doverhay, Porlock (Building)


The 1844 Tithe Map shows an inn next to the Three Horse Shoes, called the 'Somerset Inn'. The present building on this site has a date plaque reading 'AH 1704'.

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On the Tithe Map there is an inn next door to the Three Horse Shoes called the 'Somerset Inn', owned by Abraham Sparks junior. Probably the Royal Oak. D Corner's book includes a photograph showing the building standing next to the Three Horse Shoes before the latter was demolished. [1] The building is shown on both the 1st and 2nd ed. Ordnance Survey mapping as a public house. [2,3] The building presently [2014] has a tiled roof and is rendered. [4] The Royal Oak... survives, its twin rendered gables fronting the street; the left hand gable has a date plaque ‘A.H 1704’. [5] The heritage asset was assessed for inclusion on the Exmoor Local Heritage List in November 2022. It was decided to add the asset to the Local Heritage List. [6]

Sources/Archives (6)

  • <1> Monograph: Corner, Dennis. 1992. Porlock in Those Days. Exmoor Books. p92, 93.
  • <2> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1854-1901. County Series; 1st Edition 25 Inch Map. 1:2500.
  • <3> Map: Ordnance Survey. County Series; 2nd Edition (1st Revision) 25 Inch Map. 1:2500.
  • <4> Map: Ordnance Survey. 2014. MasterMap.
  • <5> Report: Pratt, N.. 2013. Porlock Conservation Area: Appraisal Document. Exmoor National Park Authority. 29, 30, 77, Figure 28.
  • <6> Unpublished document: Dove, C.. 2022. Exmoor LHL Panel Meeting 28 November 2022. Exmoor National Park Authority.

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Other Statuses/References

  • Coastal Risk 2014: Flood Zone 3 fluvial
  • Coastal Risk 2016: Flood Zone 2 fluvial
  • Coastal Risk 2016: Flood Zone 3 fluvial
  • Local Heritage List Status (Listed)



Grid reference Centred SS 2887 1468 (12m by 16m) MasterMap
Map sheet SS21SE

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Record last edited

Dec 13 2023 2:15PM


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