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The Sour Nook Inn used to be called The Royal Oak, but was known by all the locals as Sour Nook as there were an awful lot of Royal Oaks in the surrounding area.

The map to the left is from 1839 and shows us as The Royal Oak.

When we took the plaster off in the entrance way to the bar we uncovered the stonework below showing the landlady in 1892.

As well as being a public house, it seems the building was also used as a local courthouse. We’ve so far found records of land sales and debtors courts in 1819 and 1833.

London Gazette Published 24th August 1819

To be sold to the best bidder, before Abel Moysey, Esq. Deputy Remembrancer of His Majesty's Court of Exchequer, at Westminster, pursuant to a Decree of the same Court, made in a Cause Walker v. Rimington and others, at the house of E.Jackson, Innkeeper, at the Village of Sour Nook, in the County of Cumberland, on Wednesday the 8th day of September 1819, at Three o'Clock in the Afternoon

London Gazette Published 29th January 1833


In the Matter of Christopher Bell, an Insolvent Debtor. NOTICE is hereby given, that the Creditors of Christopher

Bell, late of Haltcliffe-Hall, in the Parish of Caldbeck, in the County of Cumberland, Farmer, an Insolvent Debtor, some time since discharged from His Majesty's Gaol of Carlisle, under or by virtue of an Act of Parliament for the Relief of Insolvent Debtors in England, are requested to meet the Assignee of the said Insolvent's estate and effects, at the House of Mrs. Elizabeth Jackson, at the Royal Oak Inn, Sour Nook, in the Parish of Castlesowerby aforesaid, at Three of the Clock in the 'Afternoon of Wednesday the 27th day of February Next,

We’ve also found a few links to the local churches. When the original tin Methodist Chapel was opened in the 1800’s the opening meeting was held in The Royal Oak, and in the early 1960’s ‘a harvest festival service was held in the bar of the Royal Oak Inn, Sour Nook, on the Penrith to Wigton road, the room being decorated with potatoes, carrots, turnips and other vegetables. The Rector of Sebergham, the Rev. Herbert Graham, stood on a lemonade box, behind the bar, while delivering his sermon.’