The White Horse

The White Horse – 2 Church Street

  • WHITE HORSE - DICTIONARY OF PUB NAMES :The truly white horse is an albino - foaled with pink skin and often blue eyes. This sign has been in use since the 15c and remains frequent because of it's widespread heraldic usage. It was adopted by the kings of Wessex and it is the traditional emblem of Kent. A galloping white horse refers heraldically to the house of Hanover, and dates from the accession of George I in 1714. The white horse also appears in the arms of several guilds, namely the Carmen, Coachmen, Farriers, Innholders, Saddlers and Wheelwrights.

  • White Horse Inn on the corner is , and is timber framed and lath and plaster. Although internally , it has retained it's character, and the exterior has changed very little this century as various photographs displayed inside prove. The Inn had lodging rooms upstairs, that are not now usable for the purpose, and what looks like signs of a brick oven over a fireplace in the bar. The stores at the back are relatively recent, although an earlier brick outhouse adjoining White Horse Lane has interesting brickwork.

  • The Bottle shed of the White horse was a youth club, and a TA Cadet meeting hut after the war.

Text and Photographs: John Palombi and Cyril Taylor unless otherwise accredited. Illustrations: John Finch and Julie & John Denney. Translations: Original Concept: Joy Vaughan, Witham Town Centre Strategy Group. Narration: John Rhodes

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