Orford White Hart
Orford White Hart
closed 31st December 1910
last owner/operator: Melton Brewery
grid reference TM 421 499
The White Hart was at one time a posting house & mail contractor.
The 1904 Woodbridge licensing records show that the White Hart's license was issued in 1658. The license was allowed to lapse on December 31st 1910; the pub has since been demolished.
A deed of settlement dated 4th October, 1658 does not mention the property as an inn. In 1795, it was occupied by Thomas Moore & owned by William Harper of Trimley St Martin, from whom it passed to Rands James of Sudbourne for £340. A mortgage document of 30th March, 1795 names Rand James, Innkeeper and Elizabeth, his wife and William Goodman of Woodbridge, Gentleman. It refers to a Messuage or tenement, public house or inn... known by the name of the White Hart, late in the occupation of Thomas Moore…
The Creditors of James Brooke's, Innholder of Orford, were desired to meet at the Bell in Saxmundham.Ipswich Journal, May 29th 1773***
To be sold by auction on mon 13 Jan inst. At the White Hart inn in Orford. All the furniture of the said inn, together with utensils of brewing office viz a mash tub that holds 240 galls, 2 wort tubs (200 gallons each), cooler 18 feet by 3 feet, ditto 11 feet 6 inches by 3 feet 3 inches, 11 iron bound barrels with sundary useful utensils &c. Sale begins at 11 o clock. Ipswich Journal, 11 Jan 1783
Free from brewer or spirit merchant, the White Hart Inn, Orford, to be let for a term of years, with immediate possession. The compact and well frequented, entirely free house, with stables, brewing fixings, and other conveniences…
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(some old PO directory information courtesy of londonpublichouse.com)
(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)
(*** historic book information from Bob Mitchell)
Closure date from Woodbridge licensling records.
Old OS map reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland.