Back in Time: Black Boy has stood test of time

Black Boy pub in Oving in the early 1920s
Black Boy pub in Oving in the early 1920s

A departure from Aylesbury this week as we look at the Black Boy pub in Oving in the early 1920s.

At the time the landlord was Frederick Clark (or Clarke).

His father, also called Frederick had run the pub since the 1870s, taking over from his father, John.

This was fairly common in those days where a pub was handed down through the family.

They would also have other occupations to provide more income.

In one census return Frederick senior is listed as being a butcher as well as a publican.

The Clark or Clarke family were associated with the Black Boy up until at least the 1930s at and are still in the area.

Village pubs are on the decline up and down the country so it’s good to note that this one is still there.

It is well worth a visit.