Otley White Horse

Otley White Horse

West, 52.15643,1.22762

Closed: about 1878

opened about 1726

Chapel Rd

grid reference TM 208 558

We are most grateful to Steve Podd who has sent us the following information:

As a pub it belonged to the Tollemache brewery; the land was in the ownership of the Tollemache family by 1724. The first confirmed mention of it as a pub is in the Ipswich Journal of 1st and 8th October 1726. (Thanks to Suffolk CAMRA for this reference). It was said to have closed c.1890, but it appears that the closure may have been earlier - it is not shown as a pub on the first edition OS map of 1887, and is not mentioned as a pub in the 1875 or 1879 directories, or in the 1881 census. (It was still a pub in the 1871 census). It was converted into a pair of cottages before the end of the 19th century, and the Tollemaches sold it in the early years of the 20th. It was converted back into a single dwelling in 1985 and significantly extended in 1991. Now tiled, bills exist in the Tollemache archive for thatching work in 1801 and 1810. Current ‘White Horse Cottage’.

The pub was not found in the 1879 Kelly's Directory.

I was born in what was the White Horse. I have a photo of the building about 1900, but it appears to have ceased trading as a pub between 1875 and 1881. Not sure when it started as a pub, but there are records back to the early 1700s as a house, if not a pub. My great grandfather (Alfred Podd) ran the White Hart for a while, Cheers, Steve Podd





Historical interest

Historical interest




(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)

(some old PO directory information courtesy of

(** historic newspaper information from Stuart Ansell)

(*** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)

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