Spot the pub that's no more on Dorchester Road, Weymouth.

This photo by late Dorset Echo photographer Harry Green shows the Royal Oak pub on the right hand corner. We think this picture was taken in the 1960s.

Funnily enough the junction of Elwell Street and Dorchester Road was also known as The Royal Oak because of the pub. This popular pub had an Assembly Room at the back, used for dinner and dances. Conveniently there was a water trough fed by a spring at the side where steam engines filled up with water before the climb up Ridgeway and horses were able to enjoy a drink whilst their master had a pint in the pub.

Dorset Echo:

Dorchester Road, Weymouth                                               Picture: Harry Green

The Royal Oak closed in 1965 and was bought by the council to be demolished for road improvements which were completed in 1970.

Before the improvements the main road turned sharp right beyond a telegraph pole.

After the improvements drivers unfamiliar with the road were known to take an inadvertent detour to Weymouth via Elwell Street after failing to follow the main road!

If you have any photos or memories of the long-gone Royal Oak in Dorchester Road, send them to