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Name row pub reopened after £180,000 revamp

Councillor Jim Marsh enjoying a pint with staff members

Councillor Jim Marsh enjoying a pint with staff members

A village pub which did a swift name change U-turn after complaints from local residents has reopened following a £180,000 refurbishment.

The Old Oak in Hoghton was going to be renamed The Cromwell on completion of the work.

But villagers were up in arms over the new name which connected it to Oliver Cromwell - the English soldier and statesman who made England a republic and ruled as Lord Protector from 1653 to 1658 - and organised a petition.

During the English Civil War, Cromwell lead the Parliamentarians to victory over the Royalists.

The controversial figure became Army Commander and Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, crushing resistance with massacres at garrisons and Drogheda and Wexford in 1649.

He deported thousands of Irish people to slavery.

Following the local protest over renaming the pub, its owners, Punch Taverns, decided to retain the original name.

Villagers had argued that The Old Oak had been a hub of the community for generations of Hoghton residents.

And they added that the name Cromwell was inappropriate and could cause offence.

South Ribble councillor Jim Marsh said: “I thank Punch Taverns for the significant investment in the pub, a vital hub within the community for both social events and as a valued local employer.

“I’m delighted they decided to retain the Old Oak name and listened to the local residents.”

He added: “As a royalist myself, the proposed name change would have left a bitter taste in the mouth, however I’m delighted to be able to enjoy a pint in such regal surroundings.”

New tenant Adam Chapman now runs the pub.

 

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