Searching for ‘Royal Oak’ and ‘Potovens’ turned up this unexpected find. No doubt a considerable amount of spin’s been put on this story, and it chimes with the then political allegiance of the Post and Intelligencer.
Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer
Monday 9 May 1887
WRENTHORPE CONSERVATIVE ASSOCIATION
The inaugural dinner of this newly formed association was held on Saturday evening at the Royal Oak Inn, Potovens. About seventy persons sat down to an excellent repast. The company included Mr J Thomas, president; Messrs W Pearson, J Brooke, and T Thompson, vice-presidents; Mr B F Glover, president of the Alverthorpe Conservative Association; Mr J Shuttleworth of Wakefield, the Conservative agent for the Normanton Division; Mr Haigh, Silcoates Mills; Mr W Briggs, Red Hall; Mr Bryan H Ramsden, &c. A letter was read from Mr C E Charlesworth, Moor House, Stanley, regretting his inability to be present, and at the same time expressing his pleasure at the formation of the association. A resolution of confidence in Her Majesty’s Government was proposed by Mr Haigh, seconded by Mr B F Glover, and supported by Mr Shuttleworth, the latter of whom replied at length to the speech recently delivered at Wrenthorpe by Mr B Pickard, MP [founder and President of the Miners’ Association of Great Britain and the local MP], with regard to the Mines’ Regulation Bill. Other toasts followed, after which the meeting assumed a convivial character, and a very pleasant evening was spent.
It wasn’t until 80 years later, in May 1967, that the Tories actually won an election in Wrenthorpe.